Debt in a De-leveraged America -- PICTURES
October 14, 2011 | 6:00 a.m.
Many Americans think that debt, on balance, has been a positive force in their own lives. But, as Ronald Brownstein explains in this week's National Journal, they also believe that excessive borrowing played a central role in the economic downturn -- and that paying down borrowed money is an indispensible component of recovery. In the gallery below, we take a close look at how Americans feel about debt.