Originally Posted by Beer-lord
Jesus, Maria y Jose! Even if they were off a building or two, that's just scary. Why does anyone lend us money? We should start making countries pay when we go to war.
Creditors lend us money because they aren't comparing a pictorial representation of our debt in $100 bills to various NYC landmarks. They use actual financial information.
Those sort of representations are designed to elicit the type of response you just had. If it didn't elicit that sort of response, they would have picked something different to compare it to.
That is why its meaningless, other than a transitory "golly gee" moment...