Somewhen in the night, according to Canadas national debt-clock, we quietly slipped across the One Trillion Dollar mark on our national debt, roughly 28,000 dollars per man, woman, child, transvestite, gay, lesbian, gender-confused, disabled and all. This is a lot of money. It bears almost no relation to anything you could name. A stack of a trillion dollar bills would reach one quarter of the way to the moon.
Now the National Debt Clock website, http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/canada is neatly connected to the World Debt Clock. I was somewhat disappointed to learn that it did not give the total debtload of all the governments of all the world, maybe later. Apparently that amount has nearly toppled the 200 trillion dollar barrier.
But what I was able to determine from the World Debt Clock is that Russia has four times as many people as Canada at 140 million souls, and owes a paltry 250 billion putting them in a much superior financial position to Canada! Their Gross Domestic Product by the way is approximately the same as Canadas at 2 Trillion.
Our American brethren stand to breech 20 trillion one of those days and that with a population of 320 million. That is more than twice the population of Russia but owing about 30 times as much per person as does Russia.
All of which cause me to ask yet again, why are we doing everything possible to provoke Russia into an all-out conflict? We are sanctioning them, even to our own hurt. We are performing military drills near their borders. Our news outlets are constantly painting Putin as an insane tyrant, bent on world domination. It would seem that financially at least, we will run out of cash before the second bullet leaves the barrel. I'll say this once more. Canadians owe 16 times as much per person as the Russians and the Americans owe 30 times as much per person. Perhaps the chihuahuas shouldn't bite the heel of the grizzly bear quite so aggressively?