When the United States entered World War I in 1917, the public indebtedness totaled a formidable $4 billion. According to the folks over at the National Debt Clock, we've been falling into hock by almost that amount every day since September 2007, and nobody, including Barack Obama, has a clue about how to part this bottomless sea of red ink. That's not because our leaders are stupid (or so some people more generous than I would say)—it's just that they simply have no way of getting their arms around an otherworldly figure like that. This country has spent itself into oblivion, a victim of its own success amid a formula for ruin nobody seems to understand.
As luck and irony would have it, one of the finest anesthetics for such pain is virtually free. It's called 2 Copas (“Two wine glasses”), and it's one of your better everyday reds out of Argentina's Bodega Hinojosa Winery. The vintners take one part Malbec and four parts Tempranillo grapes, which accounts for the deep red hue—but the color is the only formidable aspect to this one. It's aged on a timetable that gives it its very light body; truth be told, you and your partner will go through a bottle of this like it's water. That leaves room for all the wonderful treats that go with such an unfussy taste and balance, like everything from cold cuts to cheese to chocolate candy. It comes in a white, too, which I found ideal with sardines and crackers.
You and everybody else owe a little more than $40,000 on that $12.2-trillion national debt of ours, so you'd best put this paper down and get back to work, buster. Before you do, rest assured that a bottle of this stuff will break neither you nor Uncle Sam—it's a laughable $5.99 at places like the Ocean Beach People's Organic Foods Market (I paid a little less 'cuz I'm a member). That price is something like one 2-trillionth of everything we owe. But polish off a bottle, and I promise you you won't care.