Are you better off than you were when President Barack Obama took the oath of office?
It is a question the White House wil ask Americans, even as the national debt tops $16 trillion.
That works out to about $51,447 each for every resident of the United States.
When the president took office in January 2009, the national debt was $10.6 trillion - or about $34,083 per person.
With his term not yet over, then, the White House, working with liberals in Congress, has added $17,364 in debt for everyone - or $69,456 for a family of four.
The Congressional Budget Office estimates that if Obama remains in office, the national debt by the time he leaves in 2017 will be about $18.4 trillion.
At some point all that debt will have to be repaid, one way or another.