MB, good points which is not surprising as you clearly have a good head on your shoulders.
Freedom, the $18 trillion debt is just the hard debt. There is another $100 trillion in unfunded liabilities (SS, Medicare, ETC) which is absolutely impossible to repay, at least not lawfully. That debt plus the pending replacement of the USD by another currency(s) will almost necessarily doom America. That is why I came here as Selco has some personal info that might save the lives of some of my family members that dreadful day when the SHTF.
For God, Family, Country, & Liberty!