Debt has changed the way we think about money in this country. For most people, debt is a way of life, and they measure their financial health in terms of the almighty credit score - which is an indicia of how much more debt they can assume.
Our government is in debt, of course, and we measure the strength of our economy less and less by the GDP than by our debt load and prevailing interest rates. We wait with bated breath for the latest prognostications from "The Fed" as to what the prime rate will be - the rate at which banks borrow money.
Our entire economy is structured around debt, so it is no surprise that when we as individuals think about our finances, we think about it in terms of debt.
Our new President purports to be a Billionaire - but much of his vaunted Real Estate projects and Casinos were built using debt - much of which he defaulted on. For our debt country and debt generation, he is the perfect President. He promises to increase the national debt to pay for infrastructure programs to "create jobs". And he promises to loosen the purse strings on lending and thus allow Americans to rack up more debt - to buy shiny new things and thus bootstrap the economy.
It's a debt kind of world, we just live in it.