National Debt Clock Runs Out Of Digits

NEW YORK (AP) -- In a sign of the times, the National Debt Clock in New York City has run out of digits to record the growing figure. As a short-term fix, the digital dollar sign on the billboard-style clock near Times Square has been switched to a figure - the "1" in $10 trillion. It's marking the federal government's current debt at about $10.2 trillion.

The Durst Organization says it plans to update the sign next year by adding two digits. That will make it capable of tracking debt up to a quadrillion dollars.

The late Manhattan real estate developer Seymour Durst put the sign up in 1989 to call attention to what was then a $2.7 trillion debt.


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  • by Philly B Location: New bern on Oct 8, 2008 at 06:23 PM
    maybe Congress could put the work order in to spend money to update the digital debt clock into the next "porkbarrel" amendment when voting on the next "rescue" Bill .. As they did on this last one( they added 130 billion to sweeten the bill so it would pass)...... or see if AIG as any money left over from thier Spa treatments ......which actually should be paid back to the TAXPAYERS.... if the clock needs to be changed , make it a COO-COO clock, because that is how this whole thing feels like thess days anyway........
  • by Christy Location: MHC on Oct 8, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    How about we just do something about the rising debt instead of adding more to it.
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