The National Debt: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

The national debt has long been portrayed as a burden we’re placing on future generations. John Oliver discusses how national debt works, why people are so concerned about it, and why it might be more helpful that you think.
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  • Awesome and very informative video.

    Kit KatKit KatPřed hodinou
  • Fu yt. JO is going to eat this vid with a bullet from some random poor guy who can't afford a $25 bigmac meal in 2023.

    H HH HPřed hodinou
  • “And other social programs”

    WanderCampesinoWanderCampesinoPřed 2 hodinami
  • MMT

    T BT BPřed 2 hodinami
  • Dispite what he says debt isnt good

    Least TrendingLeast TrendingPřed 3 hodinami
  • Its ok now obiden is in office china can just have our national parks

    Least TrendingLeast TrendingPřed 3 hodinami
  • Bitcoin

    washabi nutterwashabi nutterPřed 3 hodinami
  • pause at 21:28, you will be surprised.

    leon leonleon leonPřed 4 hodinami
  • The national debt is a problem and the best hedges against it destroying your wealth are for you to own cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ether, and Monero.

    GetMonero DotOrgGetMonero DotOrgPřed 4 hodinami
  • See guys everything’s fine the lefts internet entertainers tell you so 😄

    Jason BeachamJason BeachamPřed 4 hodinami
  • Dear John, let me give you a small fact. In 2020 (last year in the middle of a pandemic) meanwhile, in the USA the gas was valued at zero, here in Chile, we paid 1dollar for one liter of gas. So why we paid 1 US dollar for one liter of gas meanwhile you, on your value market valued at zero? My theory is that we, the small associated countries, we are paying for your inflation (USA inflation) and when the economic American bubble burst not only you, the USA, are gonna be fucked, so we're gonna be fucked too. I'm not an economist, I'm just presenting what I see.

    Eduardo GarridoEduardo GarridoPřed 4 hodinami

    Brooke BennerupBrooke BennerupPřed 5 hodinami

    Brooke BennerupBrooke BennerupPřed 5 hodinami

    Brooke BennerupBrooke BennerupPřed 5 hodinami
  • Three words: Modern Monetary Theory

    CassiusTrevizeCassiusTrevizePřed 5 hodinami
  • 16:28 Wow, telling moment right there.

    AllostasisAllostasisPřed 5 hodinami
  • Kinda like how the show starts with him ripping on a dead man who attempted to bring awareness to the crushing us debt, stay classy oliver. Used to enjoy this show now it seems like he baselessly try's to tear people down under the cruise of comedy, bad comedy at that

    Dylan WoodsDylan WoodsPřed 5 hodinami
  • Please can I invest in Bitcoin on my own, I have been practicing on my demo trading account, I don’t want to make any mistake whatsoever

    Brown careyBrown careyPřed 6 hodinami
    • Build your future, small steps everyday, success is a will be successful!!

      Jackson AlvinJackson AlvinPřed 6 hodinami
    • some people are so poor and been that way for so long that they lose their self confidence and belief

      Jackson AlvinJackson AlvinPřed 6 hodinami
    • I have already contacted her and she attends to me nicel

      Dannis MarkDannis MarkPřed 6 hodinami
    • All nice recommendation

      Dannis MarkDannis MarkPřed 6 hodinami
    • Mrs Shirley Canfield works like magic I think she deserves a honour

      Joel LambertJoel LambertPřed 6 hodinami
  • Economists DO KNOW why the interest rate is lowering. It ALL revolves around the central bank system. ALL central banks are independently owned (non governmental) and loan out each country's currency. It's the ONLY reason there is national debt period. The reason the interest rate goes down is based solely on the gdp and if it appears to the central bank that the nation won't be able to repay the full amount, or even goes bankrupt, the central bank still wants to get their money back. So just like a credit card where you can't pay it back, the credit card company sells your debt to someone else who then uses their own way of collecting the money. The problem is when you're the company who actually MAKES THE MONEY, there's no one else to sell the debt to (except another central bank, which is how china and japan own part of u.s. debt) But, as we all know, the u.s. dollar is still extremely valuable to the rest of the world's marketplaces. And, so to keep the dollar from becoming absolutely worthless, the u.s. central bank lowers the interest rate to keep the u.s. on the hook to keep printing out more dollars (digital) and make the interest low enough to keep making those basic monthly payments and not go into bankruptcy, making the dollar worthless and making thousands of wealthy elites penniless. The central bank will milk the dollar system as long as humanly possible and will only switch currency after the nearly complete collapse of this currency we are 30+ trillion in debt with.

    A AnanA AnanPřed 6 hodinami
  • The whole "if" inflation rises is missing a huge angle: inflation *IS* increasing drastically. The very fact of basic cost of living for "working class" people not rising combined with super-rich people getting very much richer means that inflation is happening. But it is not currently being felt the same across all sectors of economies. The problem with such inflation is that eventually there will be a correction. Also: "basic cost of living for working class" does not mean our working classes still pay the same for big expenses like health care, education, and housing, which have all been increasing as one would expect in an inflationary period.

    Andrew MeronekAndrew MeronekPřed 6 hodinami
  • Maybe reviving a Chinese mage, mathematician, or treasurer from their past empires would help us figure out debt crisis.

    RickyRickyPřed 7 hodinami
  • The "debt" isn't helpful, the money we get in exchange for the debt is. I think the point people are making is that it is probably better to not spend money on things that we do not need.

    Brad ToBrad ToPřed 8 hodinami
  • This dude thinks raising taxes fixes everything 🤣

    0ld Matty0ld MattyPřed 8 hodinami
  • You definitely are not an economist we agree on that the feds one and only tool is interest rates but once they are at zero that to no longer works.

    Robert LeeRobert LeePřed 8 hodinami
  • How can the sky sit there with a straight face saying this nonsense when the global economy is on the verge of collapse mark my words those worthless paper rectangles are only going to be good for starting fires and wiping your ass before the midterms in 2022. You should take as many loans as you can up to your limit and buy things like bullets and non-perishable food and if you live in a big city I feel sorry for you. I hope everyone's ready for hyperinflation because it's coming

    Robert LeeRobert LeePřed 8 hodinami
  • What a bunch of nonsense, building factories would imply did we actually manufacture things still. When was the last time you bought something that said made in America? It's a Ponzi scheme and with Americans having a birth rate well below replacement rates means it's unsustainable without importing huge amounts of people at a rate that makes it impossible to assimilate. You keep telling yourself all that BS if you like but you're not going to convince me. I was born at night but it wasn't last night. The idea that a service economy is going to be our new engine of growth is a joke. Service jobs are low-paying low-skilled McJobs for teenagers, here in America all the jobs in the coming decades are going to be in two sectors IT and Healthcare so if you don't write code you'll be wiping Boomer butts. And one question for you mister I got all the answers where the hell are you from anyhow? Is that a Texas accent I hear or maybe from somewhere in New England area, no that's a Wall Street accent for sure. LMFAO

    Robert LeeRobert LeePřed 8 hodinami
  • So those 74m still identify with the plantation based owners class?

    Gerhardus van wilgenGerhardus van wilgenPřed 8 hodinami
  • I think it’s funny that at the end we are being told to not use children as pawns, yet we are expected to tolerate the likes of Greta Thunberg....

    Marcus PriceMarcus PricePřed 9 hodinami
    • Who's using her as a pawn now? Are you just mad because you're outdone by a high school girl?

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 5 hodinami
  • Wow. 8.5 minutes before calling Republicans racist. That must be some kind of record. If your argument includes calling people who you disagree with racist you don't have an argument.

    Matt CorriereMatt CorrierePřed 9 hodinami
    • @Matt Corriere Dude, it's cute how ignorant you are of our history. It must be nice. On the other hand, your language is not very hidden at all. I will assume it's borne of ignorance first, even though I really shouldn't. Look up 'Redlining'. Look up 'Black Wallstreet'. You might also check in on the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment. There is a trend you might notice. Just a small one.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 2 hodinami
    • @Seth Britton the fact you think all the racist people have a secret code language (dog whistle) they speak in tells me a lot about you. American while not perfect is the least racist (your word not mine) country in the world. Judge the individual by their Character and not their immutable differences. I find people who are on the left to be obsessed with race and sex while most people just don't care. People may oppose legislation for other than race but you just assume that its because of race.

      Matt CorriereMatt CorrierePřed 3 hodinami
    • @Matt Corriere That's one way to try and duck out of the atrocities of our shared history- pretend it doesn't exist while simultaneously blaming the victims for being hurt by it. You must be a treat at parties.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 6 hodinami
    • @Seth Britton racism doesn't exist, there is in group preference and people don't like bad behavior. Some groups of humans not have a tendency to have higher degrees of bad behavior. Not all but enough to see a pattern.

      Matt CorriereMatt CorrierePřed 6 hodinami
    • .... You wanna tell me how Reagan's attempts to bring back redlining people based on their skin tone isn't in some way racist? Look champ, if the boot fits, the boot fits. Own up to how American culture has built itself on a firm foundation of artificially restricting people who are supposed to be your equals solely based on their skin tone or dress code. You can't deny that Reagan spouting off and using a racially loaded dog whistle to secure support for his policy plans is pretty glaring, and would need a lot of explaining to sidestep.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 9 hodinami
  • Iconic

    Edjumicated_ GamerEdjumicated_ GamerPřed 9 hodinami
  • The drop in interest isn't that wild, America has what is essentially the baseline currency for a huge portion of the globe. Besides, who the hell would force America to pay? And how?

    Moon MagicMoon MagicPřed 9 hodinami
    • @Brad To It's not even about morality, it's just the reality of the situation.

      Moon MagicMoon MagicPřed 7 hodinami
    • @Brad To debt isn't theft, and even if it was, if someone robs you, you can call the police. What policing force can be realistically called on the United States?

      Moon MagicMoon MagicPřed 7 hodinami
    • Yes, if someone robs you and you are unable to get your money back, it is okay because you cannot do anything about it. The fact that you are unable to get it back means it is okay to rob people.

      Brad ToBrad ToPřed 8 hodinami
  • Amazing how I could’ve predicted he’d support the debt. We have to pay debt back either through a surplus or taxes. And we’re spending way too much and have created a moral hazard in that “everything we spend on is ok”. We’re spending like we’ve won the lottery and as everyone knows, anyone who has won the lottery ends up bankrupt in the end.

    sherparoyalesherparoyalePřed 9 hodinami
    • Countries don't retire. They only function for as long as they keep currency flowing. They do that by cultivating resources, generating jobs and employment, maintaining crucial infrastructure and supporting its living population. The US is not going to ever be able to go into retirement- functionally, the US is a machine that we either maintain or watch fall apart, and we have to constantly tune the thing to keep it giving optimal growth and output for all participants. (Currently, the engine is not very well optimized because the current economic model is currently attempting to burn everything down for the profit of a few private citizens over the wellbeing of the country and world.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 9 hodinami
  • John the Federal Reserve sets the interest rate at super low rates as a measure to protect financial instruments from having to pay too much out in interest. That's why we don't pay much on the federal deficit. This is a double edge sword, however. Because Interest Rates are so low, that makes borrowing easier. That creates a feedback loop that makes it easier to take on more debt. However, this also means that the Federal Reserve cannot increase interest rates. This is because if the interest rates were raised then payments on the debt, which is at disastrous levels, also rise. The reason why we can get away with this is that the USD is tied to petro, American financial institutions reign supreme, and that Western societies put up with this so that way our economy collapsing does not take out theirs. I would caution against continuing this path because we don't know what will happen if we continue to spend ourselves into oblivion. Yes I agree spending to create is good but we've been doing that for so long (or at least 'attempted' too with voodoo supply-side Reaganomics) that we need to figure out and pay our debts. We don't know what will happen if other countries get tired of our antics and decide to punish us by demanding their money back. We don't know what the economic fallout will be when we tell them no. Holding large amounts of debt is almost never good for anybody ever.

    mattman100xmattman100xPřed 10 hodinami
  • When John Oliver is telling you not to worry about the national debt, you should be very worried about the national debt 😂 This guy is clearly taking crazy pills

    RRPřed 10 hodinami
  • was convinced the rhyme was going to be “I do not like him in these wreathes, I do not like him when he breathes”

    zijuiy wttuyzijuiy wttuyPřed 10 hodinami
  • As much as I like John Oliver on many issues, economics isn't one. If you want to learn and truly understand how debt-based economics works and how it always leads to a bigger disaster, learn Austrian economics. Read up on monetary history, government spending, and especially the Federal Reserve on how they're printing money to finance US debt.

    nopetankernopetankerPřed 11 hodinami
  • What happens if inflation sets in and we are required to raise interest rates to combat rising inflation?

    Jason SmithJason SmithPřed 11 hodinami
  • This show used to be amazing. The jokes the first time around were really fucking good. The extent that they helped explain problems in the country with as tiny amount of political bias as they were capable of doing (for being as neo-lib as they are) helped alot of people i guess at minimum recite talking points. Thow now still has the ability to do this but its just at the cost of cringe and recylced bits. Theres maybe 3-4 types of jokes they use just over and over again. "oh wow found this item on the internet" describes it in more detail "cause guess what.. i have it! I have the funny item!! Look at me!! Im so sporadic". I'm just going to watch the rest of the episode i bet ill be able to find the same 3 setups and deliveries im talking about. Fuck i just want to watch the episode again. Off the top of my head these are the jokes: 2) something happens in a clip they show, John Oliver stares at camera only to say with zero emotion "sick" 3) long long over exaggerated version of what could have happened where john oliver gets more and more emotionally involved as the story goes on you finally look up 3 or 4 minutes has gone by. Was it to fill time? was it just laziness that the writers dont want to come up with any new concept that they dont have to make a joke based on the actual substance of what theyre talking about? Idk - Example: Melania fixing car in the rain bit 4) Using slang that communities that are usually opressed use "slay queen!" 5) talking about internet trends he clearly has no idea about and u can tell by howout of touch he seems The shows not inherently bad, its just so try hard while simultaneously not trying anything new at all. Just classic liberal cringe.

    Carl WilliamsCarl WilliamsPřed 12 hodinami
  • "We didn't become Greece" M8 did you see our capital in January? Our cities in the summer? The deficit was not the only factor but giving a trillion dollars a day to wall street while Americans starved and continue to wait in soviet style bread lines absolutely played a part.

    BollocksBonnarooBollocksBonnarooPřed 12 hodinami
  • #CancelStudentDebt

    Emma TaylorEmma TaylorPřed 12 hodinami
  • Interes rates are controlled by the central banks. Wtf?

    Catalin MomirleanuCatalin MomirleanuPřed 12 hodinami
  • Well well well well well well well well well, Hodlgang Hodlgang Hodlgang Who looking dumb now?

    Ener DeeEner DeePřed 13 hodinami
  • 16:12 is the best part. "Interest rates have fallen to historic is the reason for that? Well...I don't know!" Hmm. What's the debt payment on $28T at 4, 5, 6%? I think we're going to have zero rates forever.

    Mr. FancypantsMr. FancypantsPřed 13 hodinami
  • This morron is such a White Supremacist from England

    Clark WatsonClark WatsonPřed 13 hodinami
  • “Money is a new form of slavery, and distinguishable from the old simply by the fact that it is impersonal - that there is no human relation between master and slave” - Leo Tolstoy You're wrong John.

    ryan williamsryan williamsPřed 13 hodinami
  • They dont know... meh

    TechGogglesTechGogglesPřed 13 hodinami
  • Don’t get the dig on Elon. You actually start by recognizing that Tesla would never have survived without debt. And now they are building factories all over the world. Employing 10s of thousands of people. And are profitable. A success story if there ever was one. Elon is playful, and sometimes rash, please for god’s sake let him do that. He is literally putting people into space, and if you follow the news, probably to the moon as well. A little fun, a little indulgence, is not too much to ask.

    Percy ForsythPercy ForsythPřed 14 hodinami
  • Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    Laurent PelletierLaurent PelletierPřed 15 hodinami
  • Holy shit this pinko is gonna get y’all killed. Lol

    Michele VickMichele VickPřed 15 hodinami
  • Reagan is a mystery to me. He was an awful president that increased the debt, gave amnesty to millions of illegals, destroyed the value of the dollar, and the list goes on, but everyone seems to think he was walking on water. He was one of the worst republican president, and yet, all the republicans are revering him as a God. If he was alive today and would run for election promising to do what he did, he would be accused of being part of the extreme left branch of the democratic party. Go figure.

    Laurent PelletierLaurent PelletierPřed 15 hodinami
    • Obama increased the surveillance state, continued the “war on terror”, pushed identity politics to the forefront and who can forget turning Libya into a failed state? Yet he’s revered by many. The answer is both of these guys were likable and told people what they wanted to hear. No one gives a shit as long as you’re able to sweet talk them into things. Plus, Reagan and Obama both did good things for the nation as well. So that can’t hurt.

      energizedbonesenergizedbonesPřed 13 hodinami
  • This creepy guy is such a fraud...

    G TG TPřed 16 hodinami
  • 😂😂😂 gran consejo. 4:34 Ve a decirle a un adulto. A uno que no esté disfrazado.

    David Alejandro Preciado CondeDavid Alejandro Preciado CondePřed 16 hodinami
  • bitcoin

    ZarconZarconPřed 17 hodinami
  • and... Biden is Building the Trump Wall and seizing homes to do it ! Enjoy.

    brerabbitbrerabbitPřed 17 hodinami
  • 16:30 Interest rates on the debt declined because the Fed cut the interest rates to zero. This is going to create an everything bubble and cause a collapse harder than ever. It'll happen within five years. Look up Austrian School of Economics.

    NubyNubyPřed 20 hodinami
  • Deficits are, and always will be, a spending problem. Taxing people to death to buy votes would never solve this. Tax cuts benefitted the rich because they are one's who pay the most taxes. Top 1% pays 40% of all income taxes.

    NubyNubyPřed 20 hodinami
  • American National debt predominantly consists of consumer debt, i.e living big now at future's expense. Even investment debt by default isn't great unless the returns are guaranteed to be high later. The govt always invests in the most politically feasible option instead of the more productive.

    NubyNubyPřed 21 hodinou
  • This video was not about debt, it was about democrats good, republicans bad. Usual John Oliver

    GrößenwAhnsinniger 8:0GrößenwAhnsinniger 8:0Před 22 hodinami
    • If the people who rule the Tepiblican party would like to stop making that conclusion so easily reached, I would be thrilled, because the Democrats have made it obvious that they're not much better stewards of our world.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 21 hodinou
  • When we all get excited when he starts reciting a Ted Cruz poem :D

    seiom jvonyseiom jvonyPřed dnem
  • One thing is certain, aside from death and taxes and that is that the US Federal Reserve will NEVER run out of dollars.

    John StibalJohn StibalPřed dnem
  • Why would a country that makes its own money need to borrow money from another country?

    Stephen KleinStephen KleinPřed dnem
  • bollox

    Brock LeeBrock LeePřed dnem
  • This is fiscal idiocy. Business debt is about buying assets that create more income. Social programs aren't income producing assets. I'm not suggesting they're all bad, but him pretending they lead to economic nirvana is disengenuous at best. And you could CONFISCATE all the wealth of the richest Americans and not cover the yearly deficit, let alone decrease the debt. And you can only confiscate once. Then it's all gone. Tax increases won't solve the problem. That's just a dividing tactic. Reducing spending is the ONLY long term solution.

    Robert NorvellRobert NorvellPřed dnem
    • The rich people, who have made it so that they get a tax refund, such as Amazon, all seem to think Socialism is great for them... I mean, they're working quite well off of our backs, aren't they?

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 23 hodinami
    • Sure. I Totally believe you. Maybe you could explain why, when America taxed rich people more and invested in social security nets for the not wealthy, like infrastructure and social security led to a massive economic boom and growth year over year? Growth that led to an entire generation having jobs in such abundance that they could write tv shows about people casually picking them up and discarding them like paper napkins, or thinking about taking a part time job to afford some college level education? Any reason why you're wanting us to ignore the evidence of history and rely on your fairytales?

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 23 hodinami
  • Prediction (I have not watched the video yet): The National Debt is a boogieman that Republicans use when Democrats are in power, but the curiously do nothing to actually deal with when when they are in power

    Scotts Barbarossa LogicScotts Barbarossa LogicPřed dnem
  • Bad economic advice. You dumb

    Matthew EllisonMatthew EllisonPřed dnem
  • On September 10, 2001, Donald Rumsfeld announced that the Pentagon had $2.3 trillion in unaccounted expenses. My guess is that the money constitutes the “black budget.” After 9/11, Congress increased the military budget by another $50 billion. According to a South Carolina (I think) research team, Rumsfeld forgot to mention that the Pentagon has over $2 trillion in unaccounted funds every year.

    stealthhumorstealthhumorPřed dnem
  • This guy is such a hack. This video is gonna make no sense in a year

    abdulla Lekaabdulla LekaPřed dnem
  • John--I know you drop the f-bomb a lot; I get it; I say it myself. We're adults. But that segment at the end, where you have a child say it--we don't need that ("Grow the f*** up"). You can make your point without it.

    David CarpenterDavid CarpenterPřed dnem
  • Gotta love these Republican hypocrites who only care about the national debt when Democrats are in power. They weren't that worried about it when Trump added almost 8 trillion to the debt in only 4 years of his disastrous administration.

    Charlie BlessCharlie BlessPřed dnem
  • I just paid off my debts and now investing. Might as well profit from this mess.

    John DyerJohn DyerPřed dnem
  • In America comedians make more sense than politicians.

    Abdulai BahAbdulai BahPřed dnem
  • If Republicans don't like adding to the national debt, then why did they give away 3 trillion dollars to the wealthy in 2017?

    John KeithJohn KeithPřed dnem
  • Great episode I wish the PSA at the end was FCC legal.

    Frederick LawsonFrederick LawsonPřed dnem
  • Uh, what you're saying is that debt's ok if you use it to produce assets. Would be great if the US was a net asset producer. Problem is when you build bridges and roads in the US, you're producing a way for goods to move from one place to another........and the goods aren't assets because they're bought from other countries, to be consumed by US citizens. And improving healthcare just means you're prolonging the lives of consumers. So all you're doing is to borrow money to make stuff that makes it easier for other people to borrow more money. Unless people are making stuff and selling stuff more than they consume, your argument doesn't really hold much water.

    SumgaiSumgaiPřed dnem
  • Haramdag's new order: All women in Turkmenistan must wear white panties and bras. The local police officer has to check them once a week. If they find underwear of a different color, then they have the right to fine them 200 manats or sleep with them. Author: Hichkim

    Ady YokAdy YokPřed dnem
  • "about 3 pages on your notes app" - I don't get it.

    Daniel CampbellDaniel CampbellPřed dnem
  • Nice video. =) And yeah, spending the money right works. At least it has done so far here in Norway. =)

    LuredreierLuredreierPřed dnem
  • There is a debt crisis. It is called corps not paying their fair share due to loop holes and people like tRump.

    Sir Jon Smith IIISir Jon Smith IIIPřed dnem
    • @Seth Britton true

      waxwaxPřed 22 hodinami
    • @wax No, corporate ruled America's goal is to exploit. Get the greedy monsters as far away from actual power as possible, and the country will remember to serve her citizens, because the heartless will be away from the controls.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 22 hodinami
    • You realize the government would just spend that money killing brown people overseas... the governments goal is too exploit, you don't want to give them more than they already have.

      waxwaxPřed dnem
  • Shooting b-roll for ol' girl strolling down the street has got to be the most interesting 12-hour workday of boring take-after-take-after-cutbacktoone-after-cutbacktoone experience that I've ever had the pleasure of absolutely demolishing the craft tables during that shift. There, is that witty enough or do I need to show you and hold your hand, too? Insipid and vapid, that one was.

    Social LiabilitySocial LiabilityPřed dnem
  • This is one of the most ridiculously ludicrous videos I have ever watched. Every week this show is a case study in one-sided argumentation. He consistently and completely ignores any fact that contradicts his secular progressive narratives. Laughable. And sadly not even funny anymore.

    Rob FloydRob FloydPřed dnem
    • Hell, Conservatives have regressed away from even doing infrastructure upkeep, and that's the boneheaded basics of making a country functional.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 22 hodinami
    • Yu-huh. Please point to a success story from Conservative ideologies. Please tell me why my tax money is only sensibly spent when it is shoved into the pockets of the already wealthy, torturing migrant children (to line the purses of private prison owners), murdering foreign children (to line the pockets of weapon manufacturers), or torturing our poor people to death from stress and heartache (to line the pockets of the predator economy.) Seriously, I would much rather live in a world where starvation, ignorance, and suffering were unheard of, and we damn well have it within our reach, rather than pointlessly and cruelly torturing and murdering innocent people for the profits of a depraved few.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 22 hodinami
  • The evangelical GOP are hypocrites and more interested in personal power then helping the American people. The religious right will rape this country and leave it broken and dying.

    Richard NunziataRichard NunziataPřed dnem
  • First time that i find they have sold off. What's the lesson? More debt is good? Only the last 5' made some sense. Maybe it's time we stop burning piles on money on weapons.

    PPPřed dnem
  • I clicked this thinking "Surely there is NO way this typical biased mouthpiece could make skyrocketing debt into "a GOOD thing". Was wrong. Is it too much to ask that some of these folks judge the negative/positive spin they're going to take, off of the actual topic, rather than which party is in office at the moment?

    Joe BrosnanJoe BrosnanPřed dnem
    • How to reverse that debt. Stop wasting it on torturing and murdering people. Remove private industries and the industrialists who run them from the seat of power. Tax the petulant tantrum throwers enough to maintain a steady flow of income, to be reinvested into infrastructure we actually need, along with protecting our citizens from worthless debt slavery. Maybe we could afford to take care of ourselves if we didn't have thoughtlessly cruel business heads deliberately setting us up for lose lose propositions where they profit off of our collective misery. I'm serious- stop making misery profitable, directly remove the profit junkies from the controls and reinvest in the wellbeing of our infrastructure and people. You'll see a profitable and thriving America within ten years.

      Seth BrittonSeth BrittonPřed 22 hodinami
  • could they just skip the ,,funny" parts?! I always skip them, because they are sooo cringe. ,,Funny tv man talking about stuff" is actually better at talking about stuff, than being funny...

    LoL LOLLoL LOLPřed dnem
  • then just kinda pretended a bunch of people calling themselves economists knew how it worked.

    sokin jonsokin jonPřed dnem
  • What is Ophisticated?

    Himanshu ParmarHimanshu ParmarPřed dnem
  • Well I mean we did have Greece like riots, but that was because police and people thought it was ok to gun down and suffocate unarmed black people to death.

    Danny BeaneDanny BeanePřed dnem
  • I love this show

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  • The Impossible Mission Force is giving press conferences now?!

    solid244solid244Před dnem
  • If you are in debt and all you do is work to pay off the debt...which is what millions of Americans sure sounds like at a minimum being in bondage. Hello!

    Dave WrightDave WrightPřed dnem
  • Hello from Greece. What has happened here is MUCH WORSE than just riots.

    Dimitris GotsisDimitris GotsisPřed dnem
  • Jon thought me a lesson about virtue🤣

    barca fanbarca fanPřed dnem
  • Oh, it would be so cool if China owned US

    Jay ChongJay ChongPřed dnem
  • to qoute Billy Joel, ´´we didn´t start the fire!´´. this coming from a dutchy.

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  • Bring back Slavery,that free labor should help.

    remy therouteremy theroutePřed dnem
  • Can we just take a moment to appreciate John Oliver's rhyming skills? I mean, he needs to write a poem book.

    Olivia CodjieOlivia CodjiePřed dnem
  • Amazing, a comedian from England explains US debt economics more clearly than any news program, politician or professor in the U.S. Do we need honest pubic service announcements to educate voters? Or would that be propaganda?

    3ehahn3ehahnPřed dnem
  • 13:07 Considering making this my ring tone. Edit: 21:04 And my new background is...

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  • This is actually a pretty good summary of what is wrong (or not) with debts. I'd like to emphasize some points - a state is public (call me captain Obvious) so we should not apply on it what we consider good for a private society or family. It's ok to have deficit and debts for a state so long that this money is used is real economy to make private actors richer/better and help them live in a better country - not a cents from taxes are used to fill the debts. Taxes are used to invest, and states deal with debts by making other loans. It could seem crap but it work pretty well since more than 50 years - what happen in Greece is just that investors didn't want to loan then money. But investors trust the USA so you'll not have the same problem. Actually investors WANT to loan money to the US cause it's one of the safest investments ever. - creating money doesn't not lead to inflation. Of a politician told you so, he is either a liar or a dumb economist (probably both)

    EzorEzorPřed dnem
  • Higher interest older debt got paid off with refinanced lower interest new debt so that payments got lower... people do this all the time with mortgages... this isn’t exactly rocket science. Now let’s hope interests keep going down and economic growth outpaces borrowed interests I suppose...

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