Hiding the National Debt Clock

Problem solved!

Remington Write
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Photo Credit — Remington Write / Tucked away from prying eyes, our National Debt Clock

My memory can’t be trusted — neither can yours, btw — so I asked The Google about the National Debt Clock. I was sure it used to be right out on Sixth Avenue at about 43rd Street where everyone could take daily note of what their families’ share of the national debt was. That memory is solid. Yes, the clock was out there on Sixth Avenue and the good nerds at Wikipedia confirm this:

The first National Debt Clock was installed on February 20, 1989.[4] The national debt stood at US$2.7 trillion that year. The original 11-by-26-foot (3.4 m × 7.9 m) clock was constructed at a cost of $100,000.[5] It cost $500 per month[5] to maintain the display’s 305 lightbulbs.[3] It was mounted on a now-demolished Durst building at Sixth Avenue near 42nd Street (a block from Times Square), facing the north side of 42nd Street and Bryant Park.[6]

There’s another memory that’s a bit more insubstantial. Nevertheless, I can almost visualize being on an M7 bus going up Sixth Avenue sometime in the aughts and seeing all zeros on the clock. No more debt? Who knows. Oh, wait, from Wikipedia again:

In early 2000, the clock started to run backward because the national debt was actually decreasing.[6][10] It showed a national debt of $5.7 trillion and an individual family share of almost $74,000. With the original