One of the hardest things to do in politics is whip up public interest in the National Debt.
I know, I've tried.
The problem is that although our crushing national debt is a serious fiscal problem, it's also a largely abstract problem.
You can't see the National Debt; it's negative impact on the economy isn't readily apparent; and as far as public policy issues go, unless you're an economist, the debt just isn't all that sexy.
Plus politicians usually have a short-term incentive to fatten the national debt with deficit spending.
After all, it's easier to brag about "stimulus" spending than it is to reduce the deficit.
That's why I am glad to see the Canadian Taxpayers Federation is making an effort to visualize the problem for Canadians with its "National Debt Clock."
Check it out and watch the debt numbers on the chronometer whiz by at warp speed.
It's depressing but it also brings home the message in a powerful way that government spending is out of control.
That's a warning Canadians need to hear loud and clear.
So help the CTF get out the word.
Pass Debt Clock along to your friends and donate a few dollars to the CTF.
Let's put the Debt Clock numbers in reverse.