As the debt ceiling debate drags on in Congress, the political whirlwind that's dominated the news can sometimes cloud the reality of the real issue at hand - that our nation has accumulated more than $14 trillion in debt and it continues to grow.

This morning, we came across a fascinating infographic that puts it all into perspective. Los Angeles-based interactive designer Oto Godfry created what might be the most sobering visualization of the nation's credit-card bill.

We won't spoil it for you, but before you click through, take a look at what $1 million looks like when you stack up that much money in $100 bills.

Now check out what $14 trillion looks like.

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Matt Berger is the former Digital Director at Marketplace.

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