As I write this, the national debt is $8,820,713,599,196. Since there are 301,736,479 of us in the country at this instant, even counting those climbing over the fence, that comes to $29,233 apiece.
But, not to worry. One of our most popular presidents came up with a solution to the national debt nearly 70 years ago.
Listen to what Franklin Delano Roosevelt had to say about the national debt during a speech given in 1939: "Our national debt is an internal debt, owed not only by the nation, but to the nation. If our children have to pay interest on it, they will pay interest to themselves."
Hey, I like that reasoning. In fact, I like it a lot.
Take the current population of Payson, Pine, Strawberry, Rye and Star Valley, add in the weekenders who come flooding in each Friday, count in the folks on the reservation, and guess what? It comes to a little over 30,000 people.
Now here's the way I figure it.
According to FDR, I am owed $29,233 and there are about 30,000 of you debtors out there. So send your buck into the Roundup and they'll pass it along to me.
Oh, one more thing. The national debt goes up $1,490,000,000 every day.
That's about five dollars a day for each of us. I'm putting my five bucks in a money market account. In a few years, I ought to be able to save up.