From the NYTimes on 12-23 about Prichard, Alabama:
This struggling small city on the outskirts of Mobile was warned for years that if it did nothing, its pension fund would run out of money by 2009. Right on schedule, its fund ran dry.
Then Prichard did something that pension experts say they have never seen before: it stopped sending monthly pension checks to its 150 retired workers, breaking a state law requiring it to pay its promised retirement benefits in full.
Yesterday the DrudgeReport ran a headline that said Debt: $13,868,461,000,000, Population: 308,745,538. That's $44,918 per person in America. For my family of four I owe $179,674. I don't have the money.