National Debt Clock
This is difficult at best since most of American corporate media exists in order to lure people into buying stuff. This includes investment instruments. Since the object is to create an evironment encouraging buying the information that squelches the impulse to buy is buried or denied a hearing. This is why negative news is always "startling". Seemingly out of nowhere. For example, the woes of Ford and GM were obvious and long term and easily seen from afar yet the crisis, when it happened, seemed to be sudden.
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