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Flake says national debt could buy each American 62 iPhone Xs

Phil Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of worldwide marketing, announces features of the new iPhone X at the Steve Jobs Theater on the new Apple campus on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, in Cupertino, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

PHOENIX — It turns out that the amount of debt the United States is in would buy every American — all 323.1 million of them — more than 60 of Apple’s newest device, the iPhone X.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) used a pun-loaded analogy to put the $20.2 trillion national debt in more relatable terms.

“A $20 trillion national debt is app-solutely unacceptable,” the senator said in a statement. “Congress needs to stop phoning it in and get Siri-ous about this crisis it has refused to FaceTime and time again.”

The phone will be sold for $999. The national debt could purchase more than 20.2 billion iPhone Xs — meaning every American could be handed 62 of the devices.

Flake, who has been opposed to the rising national debt, introduced a bill earlier this year that would allow taxpayers to earmark a portion of their taxes to reduce the debt.

“It’s time taxpayers had real power to reign in Washington’s big spenders,” Flake said when introducing the bill. “At any rate, I hope this common sense solution makes like the national debt and grows a lot of interest.”

The bill, called the Debt-Buy Down Act, would also force Congress to make cuts to match the amount contributed by taxpayers to ensure the money goes to reducing the deficit.

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