Our national debt is claimed to be $15 trillion, but we use phony accounting, and call federal payments of Medicare and Social Security “assets” instead of debt repayment. If instead we use Fiscal Gap accounting, as do 40 countries, the IMF, World Bank, numerous corporations and think tanks, then our national debt exceeds $200 trillion. We need to pass a balanced budget amendment. It’s better to shut down the government for 14 days than to have our government collapse entirely in 14 years.