RNC attendees sit under the US National Debt Clock. (AFP photo/Robyn Beck)

When Paul Ryan takes the stage Wednesday night for his star turn in Tampa, a big debt clock will prominently tick off the nation’s real-time accumulation of red ink.

The clock serves as a reminder, said Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus, of the “unprecedented fiscal recklessness of the Obama administration.”

So what would happen to the clock if Congress suddenly adopted the budget plan penned by Ryan, GOP vice presidential nominee, House Budget chairman and all-around fiscal visionary? Answer: The numbers would go up a bit slower.

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