America's infrastructure is collapsing. Tens of thousands of bridges are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. A third of the nation's highways are in poor or mediocre shape. Massively leaking water and sewage systems are creating health hazards and contaminating rivers and streams. Weakened and under-maintained levees and dams tower over communities and schools. And the power grid is increasingly maxed out, disrupting millions of lives and putting entire cities in the dark. The Crumbling of America explores these problems using expert interviews, on location shooting and computer generated animation to illustrate the kinds of infrastructure disasters that could be just around the bend.
This show repeats today at 4PM (please check your local listings).
This documentary makes it clear that the government which takes your taxes (under possibly fraudulent circumstances, see page 23 of "Sullivan vs United States") has not been spending that money to "promote the General Welfare" but to squander in personal enrichment, Israel, Wall Street bailouts, and endless wars.
As the dollar heads for the final collapse, taking the US Federal Government with it, there will be a flurry of activity by the bankers (mostly the federal Reserve) to convince you that you personally owe the debts incurred by the previous government, most especially the $20 trillion spent on Wall Street bailouts just this last year alone. That is about $70,000 for every living American or almost a quarter million per household.
But you may not actually owe that debt, and any carpetbaggers showing up to insist that you do should be given the thick coating of tar and feathers they so richly deserve. Setting aside the fact that no American ever signed a contract agreeing to underwrite the Federal Reserve's largess, and setting aside the argument that the 16th Amendment cannot be shown to actually have been ratified, there is a principle in international law called the "Odious Debt", which states that the citizens of a failed nation are liable for the debts of the defunct government only in cases where the money was borrowed and spent for their direct benefit.
That is to say that the American people are liable for money borrowed to build bridges, lay roads, build schools and hospitals, etc. Money borrowed by the government for wars, bailouts, and to hand to Israel is clearly NOT for the benefit of the people and such debts incurred for war can and have been successfully repudiated in the past.
What this documentary shows is that the US Government has allowed the infrastructure of the nation to collapse. The US Government spends only about 1/3 of what is estimated to be the bare minimum needed to maintain our infrastructure, let alone create anything new. This is why the US has collapsing bridges and roadways, derailing trains, flooding, and wildfires.
Therefore, given the obvious paucity of budgets to maintain our infrastructure, it is clear that any amount owed by the people of the United States for the debts of the US Government is a tiny fraction of the whole.