Nation's $17T debt is boon for Parkersburg
In downtown Parkersburg sits the federal Treasury Department's headquarters of the Bureau of the Public Debt. Employing more than 1,800 at that location, the agency is responsible for managing, selling and accounting for the more than $17 trillion that U.S. taxpayers owe to themselves, to Social Security, and to foreign investors. The federal government is also Parkersburg's largest employer.
PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Rarely do politicians invoke the national debt without prefacing it by an ominous adjective like "crushing" or "unconscionable." Even President Obama once called it "unpatriotic." But in Parkersburg, W.Va., the debt has no adjectives. Only decimal places.