I just finished doing an online search for the Natinoal Debt. After checking averages and sources for several of the hits, I got an average (as of yesterday) of about $8,559,042,877,497.29. Eight and a half trillion dollars. Several of the pages also mentioned how much each American "owed", deriving that number from the current population divided into the debt. One thing I noticed, though, was that some of them didn't take into account that not every person accounted for in the census was actually a wage earner. So, I took the approximate population, age 14 - 64, and did my own calculations. Get out your checkbook, it's time for us to pay off those debts. Each working-age American owes $42,697.07. Pocket change, right?