From MET via :
The national debt clock, as it is known, is a big clock. A spot-check last week showed a readout of $8.3 trillion – or more precisely $8,310,200,545,702 – and counting.
But it is not big enough.
Sometime in the next two years, the total amount of US government borrowing is going to break through the $10-trillion mark and, lacking space for the extra digit that such a figure would require, the clock is in danger of running itself into obsolescence.
The clock’s owner, real estate developer Douglas Durst, knew such a problem could arise but had not counted on it so soon.
According to the article, Durst plans to upgrade the clock to accomodate our greater level of debt:
“When it became clear what was going to happen, our first thought was to free up the digital square occupied by the dollar sign so that we could cope with a 14th digit,” Durst said.
The latest plan is for yet another replacement, involving a larger scale signboard.
“We’re not happy at the impact we’re making with this one,” he said.
Durst insists that the clock is non-partisan in its effort to shame the federal government over what he sees as its willingness to gamble away the nation’s future.
“We’re a family business,” Durst said. “We think generationally, and we don’t want to see the next generation crippled by this burden,” he said. Last week the “family share” readout on the clock stood some loose change short of $90,000.
I’ve got a better idea. Instead of upgrading the clock, let’s pass legislation forcing the federal government to cease operations whenever they’ve bumped our future (and the future of our children) over 13 digits long.
It’s also interesting to note that Sploid had to go to to get a live debt clock link. I guess that’s because the Republicans and Democrats are more concerned with spending your money than in finding some immediate and meaningful solutions to our runaway debt.