Question? If I owe $20 and I have $40 why do I not just pay the $20 and have no debt?

Now if was a country and could be debt free by paying my debt, then why not? Yes, we would have to be careful about spending until all taxes are accounted for, but if households have to balance why not a Government?

Debt a +/-?

As I travel to a store

As I travel to a store to shop for a few things, I sometimes will look for items of interest and juxtapose similar items before I make my pick to purchase.  I have found many times that an item can have many faces but yet fit in one body, a book may have many covers and the values may vary a little to a lot.

As I travel to a store.