July 29 (Bloomberg) -- I’m sitting at my computer, watching
the national debt clock tick relentlessly higher, as if to
challenge me to make mental computations. How long does it take
the U.S. to accumulate an additional $1,000 in debt?
Answer: Faster than my eyes can move from the screen to the
second hand of my watch. At that pace, how long would it take to
add $1 billion? $1 trillion? Too many zeroes for my brain.