When it comes to paying our bills, the U.S. is a nation of Wimpys.That's not "wimps," mind you, but "Wimpys." Wimpy, for all of you who have less gray hair (or just more hair) than I do, or who spent fewer hours in front of a TV when you were a kid, is Popeye's perennially mooching friend. He was famous for his plea, "I'd gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today." Which is why the big debts that we're running up to pay for today's consumption -- ranging from the federal budget deficit to the current-account deficit -- worry me so much. I have argued that the record $805 billion current-account deficit that the U. S. ran up in 2005 was even worse than it sounded. That's because: The long-term trends, if left unchallenged by our politicians, would make the problem bigger year by year. There's very little chance that our political leaders will tackle any of our debt problems -- from the federal budget to the current-account deficit -- until the handwriting on the wall is written in letters of fire 6 feet tall. In this column I'm going to take a look at the way these deferred bills are putting the squeeze on all our futures and what you and I can do about it as investors and individuals.