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Political Science

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Diamond Member
Jan 12, 2005
Here's a bit of political science for you:

Found it here: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Richard_Feynman

I wonder if anyone would like to argue that the national debt doesn't matter and that it's of no significance to the future of the U.S. economy.

I mean if you had credit card debt, and you went to see a financial advisor, they'd most likely tell you to use your income to pay down the debt before investing your money elsewhere.

So is national economics different than personal economics?
Your focus on the Milky Way seems rather arbitrary. Since you're talking about "astronomical" numbers, how about:


The observable universe contains between 10**22 and 10**24 stars (between 10 sextillion and 1 septillion stars). To be slightly more precise, according to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, "[by] a conservative estimate.... the currently observable universe is home to of order 6 x 10**22 stars"
Since 6 sextillion is about 20 billion times larger than the national debt, does that mean that deficits don't matter at all?


Diamond Member
Jun 8, 2002
ha, if you ask a democrat if it matters under Obama, it'd be it doesn't matter. But if the debt was under Bush or Reagan, it'd be the end of the world.

That's political science for you.