So this is the sort of logic that the right wing of the discourse field is positing.
First, the debt ceiling is not the debt. Artificial apportionment of the current debt is actually $48k per American, not $52k.
Second, it's not every human. It's the average of the national debt over the population. Many humans, myself included, have zero debt. Some, including Mitt Romney, are up to their eyeballs in debt, and yet have positive net worth because they are also up to the sky in assets and income. Our portion of the national debt is covered many times over.
Third, to whom is the national debt owed? To the owners of treasury bills, notes, bonds, and inflation-protected securities (TIPS, q.v.). Most of whom are...wait for it...AMERICANS. So when you apply the account-payable, the debt, artificially to the citizenry, you must also apply the account-receivable, the treasury paper, artificially to the citizenry. This almost balances the book, reducing your number enormously. All that remains is that portion of the national debt owed to other nations. Currently that is about $2.5 Trillion, or $7,000 per American. Far more manageable a number, no? Yes.
Fourth, we have up to 30 years to pay that debt. At current low interest rates, a 30-year note for $7000 would have a monthly coupon of about $24. Less than you're paying for beer each week, possibly each day, I have little doubt.
Fifth, most of the national debt is due to right-wing Presidents, not President Obama. Presidents Carter and Clinton managed to decrease it, while Presidents Reagan, GHW Bush, and GW Bush all increased it. It's only due to the multiple wars and the enormous and well-documented financial meltdown that President GW Bush left at the end of his second term that President Obama is dealing with carryover. I have little doubt that by 2017 he will be able to reverse its upward course.
What's disgraceful and embarassing is that, due to persistent anti-tax politicking, our schools have been denuded of their ability to educate, with the diminution of reasoning ability, and the constant propagandization, leading to people like you who can't do basic math without blowing a gasket and making total fools of yourselves.
"Second, it's not every human. It's the average of the national debt over the population. Many humans, myself included, have zero debt. Some, including Mitt Romney, are up to their eyeballs in debt, and yet have positive net worth because they are also up to the sky in assets and income. Our portion of the national debt is covered many times over."
-------- In the context of this discussion, your statement is gibberish. The National debt is owed by the taxpayers of the United States. So unless you mean that you dont pay taxes and that Romney does (which I suppose could be what you mean since Romney pays millions and I dont know what you pay) your assertion that you dont have any debt makes no sense.
And your assertion that it's not a big deal because much of the money is owed to the SS fund and private citizens is absurd. Regardless of who the money is owed to, the government still has to tax the taxpayers of the United States to pay it off. Over the last ~60 years the government has spent 15 trillion more than it took in in taxes. Which means that the government would have to spend 250 billion LESS than it takes in each year for the next 60 years to pay it off. Somehow, with $1.5 trillion deficits I dont see that happening anytime soon. The government pays $750 billion a year in interest on that $15 trillion debt. When you think about the fact that the government only takes in $2.25 trillion in taxes, you see that we have a problem. Think of all things we could spend money on if 1/3 of all tax dollars didn't have to go to pay the INTEREST on the debt.....