(WATCH) National Debt Gadget

Original air date: April 2, 2023

Typically, when you spend more than you make, you go into debt. When Congress spends more tax money than it has, it adds to the national debt, which now stands somewhere north of $31 trillion. One debt-conscious member of Congress has invented a constant reminder while making a fashion statement. It’s a pin that shows the debt growing in real time. Here’s Republican Tom Massie.

The following is a transcript of a report from “Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.” Watch the video by clicking the link at the end of the page.

Rep. Thomas Massie: We had a week off, and I spent three days making this. It logs on to U.S. Treasury’s website once a day because they publish the debt once a day. And then it tries to guess what the debt is from one day to the next. And it’s meant to instill anxiety among my colleagues.

Massie: That’s why I’m wearing it, and it’s working out great. Like, they look at it out of curiosity, and then they have horror, and then they realize they’re the ones who are doing this. And then when they get over that, they’re very jealous and they want one of these.

Sharyl: Are you going to make one for other members?

Massie: I think I’m going to have to make some. Because it’s been pretty popular. You just charge it fully with a regular iPhone charger.

Sharyl: How did you make it? In simple terms.

Massie: Well, the case is roof flashing that I found in my basement from when I built my roof. And then, it’s just a small microprocessor and a lithium battery and a screen. This screen could actually show TV commercials. But I wanted to make it look like something from the ’80s, so I came up with this font that looks like LEDs, so that it looks like this thing has been running for 30 or 40 years.

Sharyl: You are an MIT guy.

Massie: This is what I used to do for a living.

Sharyl (on-camera): Spending during the Covid pandemic helped send the national debt soaring ever higher. Experts say the debt has ballooned by 430% over the last twenty years.

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  1. This article ? Sharyl you know who is to blame here ? Economic damages from the Virus, Middle Eastern people starting 4 Wars since President Bush the Father, As well as the California banking scandal Bail out like Enron and 5, 000 other Wall street scandals featured on American Greed True crime series episodes since the early 80’s as well as the Ukraine War Vladimir Putin started ? Come on Sharyl your a smarter Women then that ? = Bad people and bad people in Governments around the World and bad greedy CEO’s caused and owns all this deficit . Watch the 5,000 True life episodes of American Greed, True crime series as well as Bernie Madoff damages all of witch they used tax payer money debts to bail out ? ‘ Thus, A Dog that pees on self leaves little marked Territory for Higher Ground ?

    1. I’ll agree to some of your remarks! However, politicians in Washington DC are great at spending taxpayer dollars! If it was.their money it would be alot different! We’re going on $32 Trillion, that’s not sustainable & it’s time to cut the spending! Stop foreign aid, stop spending crazy amounts on climate scam, enough with student loan forgiveness, seal the border, stop giving illegals $, work requirements for welfare, drill for oil & sell it for profit, & so much more to cut this crazy spending!

    2. I may agree that “bad people” own this deficit but I put the blame squarely on our elected officials. Just as CEO’s have a duty to their shareholders, government officials have a duty to “we the people”. They were derelict in that duty.

      1. And yet we continue to elect them!
        Prior to the 2020 rigged election, we mostly had fair November contests. While there were pockets of corruption, IE Chicago, it has become the democrat strongholds that ahave become extremely corrupt and many republicans in congress go along to get along with the spending and bogus elections.
        It will require a civil war, not necessarily a kinetic one but certainly a voting war, to restore this nation to our former greatness. We must also STOP the indoctrination of our youth! It is up to US, the people!

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