by Simon Black
Let’s take a brief walk into financial reality for a moment.
At the time of this writing, the United States government’s official debt is nearly $18.1 trillion.
Now, let’s look at who the biggest owners of that debt are:
1) Taxpayers of the United States.
If you’ve held a job in the Land of the Free, 15.3% of your salary has gone to fund Social Security and Medicare.
Each of these programs holds massive trust funds that are supposed to pay out beneficiaries, both present and future.
Conveniently, the trust funds are required by law to buy US government debt.
And given that every single US taxpayer is an ultimate beneficiary of these trust funds, that ranks the people of the United States as among the biggest holders of US debt.
How sustainable is this? Not very.