When you hear that the national debt is $13 trillion, it just sounds like a big number. Does it feel any different than $13 billion or $130 trillion? Not unless you really think about it. When you hear what your share of it is as a taxpayer, maybe it means something. How long would you have to work to pay off your piece of the national debt?
US National Debt per taxpayer: $117,981
Note that many citizens do not pay any federal taxes. The debt per citizen is $42,025. But if you're not paying taxes, you're not so worried about that debt, are you?
I've heard Neal Boortz say that he thinks only taxpayers should get to vote. I have to agree that we'd get more responsible government if that were the case.