U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, enjoyed lunch today with the Bangor Noontime Rotary Club, of which she is an honorary member.

As guest speaker, Collins started her address with the statement that she hoped she could be "enlightening" without being "disheartening." Her points of discussion focused on the federal deficit and debt.

"The national debt stands at an almost incomprehensible $16.4 trillion. The tab for every man, woman, and child tops $52,000.00 and is our legacy to future generations," Collins said.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins discusses the federal deficit and national debt with Bangor Noontime Rotary Club. News Photo-Susan Patten/TownSquare MediaBelow are unedited excerpts from her speech today where she explains our interest payments to China, as our largest foreign creditor, will cover the cost of that country's military.

Below is an unedited segment from her presentation today where she explains that within a few years, our interest payments alone to China, as our largest foreign creditor, will cover the entire cost of that country's military.