Editor's note: The debt collection letters that follow are the first documents — or mockuments — from the National Debt Papers, a series of imaginary missives concerning the U.S. national debt. Some might say it's frivolous, even sophomoric, to publish invented exchanges at a moment of financial peril darkened by the prospect of the United States Government maxing out our collective credit card on August 2, unless the debt ceiling is raised. Others will say that it is only by imaginatively modeling dangers — like the calling in of debts by nervous creditors — that appropriate responses to crisis can be devised. Here at The Washington Times we would have to agree with those who hold that these parodies, beginning with today's dunning letters from the People's Bank of China, are frivolous, even sophomoric. May you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoyed creating them.
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