Total US Debt Hits $14.237 Trillion, Debt Ceiling At $14.294 Trillion

Tyler Durden's picture

And from the relentless shock and awe happening abroad every single day, we briefly turn our attention to the total financial chaos domestically. Following the settlement of $67.6 billion in debt from last week's auctions, the Treasury managed to raise its dangerously low cash to a level that will give Tim Geithner pocket change for another week, or $99.5 billion. Alas, the cash buffer came at a price: total debt increased from $14.166 trillion to $14.238 trillion. As a reminder, the debt ceiling is $14.294 trillion, so on a pure basis there is a $56 billion buffer or less than one's week's worth of auctions. However since the debt actually subject to the limit is $52 billion less, there still is $109 billion in constitutional capacity. Add to that the $45 billion in SFP run offs over the next two week and Treasury has $150 billion or so in spending money left. As the deficit in the month of March is expected by Zero Hedge to be around $90 billion due to the deferred tax refund payments, we believe the money will last the US a month and a half, although once again depending on the daily burn rate, it may come much sooner as there is no book debt settlement until the week after next.

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Akrunner907's picture

LOL!  And what has that brought to us?  NOTHING!  Just loan sharks on Wall Street got their vig.

I think I need to buy a gun's picture

was this a government created earthquake? this is impeccable timing. Indian Ocean and Haiti were practice runs.......This is a man made earthquake. And I think they can do it.

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

Now that's crazy talk.

HAARP is a passive research project it is not The Military's Pandora's Box!

JW n FL's picture

Pomo is a passive... research project... it is not a Millitary's / FED's Pandora's Box!

AUD's picture

No, that's giving the government far more credit than they deserve. Though it is causing fools to give the government lots of credit, as in their money.

john39's picture

not the government, the ghouls that control it.

flacon's picture

I woke up this morning and I don't even know what a "$" actually is any more. It's certainly not "money". I think it's a unit of (or measurement of) insanity. We have finally arrived at pure Leninism - where there IS NO CONCEPT OF MONEY any more. 

flacon's picture

“Hundreds of thousands of rouble notes are being issued daily by our treasury. This is done, not in order to fill the coffers of the State with practically worthless paper, but with the deliberate intention of destroying the value of money as a means of payment. There is no justification for the existence of money in the Bolshevik state, where the necessities of life shall be paid for by work alone.

Experience has taught us it is impossible to root out the evils of capitalism merely by confiscation and expropriation, for however ruthlessly such measures may be applied, astute speculators and obstinate survivors of the capitalist classes will always manage to evade them and continue to corrupt the life of the community. The simplest way to exterminate the very spirit of capitalism is therefore to flood the country with notes of a high face-value without financial guarantees of any sort.

Already even a hundred-rouble note is almost valueless in Russia. Soon even the simplest peasant will realise that it is only a scrap of paper, not worth more than the rags from which it is manufactured. Men will cease to covet and hoard it so soon as they discover it will not buy anything, and the great illusion of the value and power of money, on which the capitalist state is based will have been definitely destroyed.”

~ Vladimir Lenin

Zero Govt's picture


like your posts but on this one you've got the wrong end of the stick. what's just about to happen is Credit Crunch II. Like CCI it's a mass panic in the credit (debt) game and as the credit cards collapse everyone will be running to liquidate paper (IOU's like stock certificates etc) and making a grab for hard cold cash

Namely what's about to kick off is not a further inflationary spiral of prices but a deflationary implosion in prices ....keep hold of your Dollars right about now

Spitzer's picture

Will the Japan crisis be enough to trip the derivatives market and the treasury market ?, that is the question.

Even if it takes a week or 2, while the people in Japan learn to live with no power...

I have BMO on the hook for $60,000 margin that I could blow on physical any time....

Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

It is not a spending problem though it is a taxing one.

Europe has much higher taxes and is mostly broke too,

but just ask any stupid ideological neo marxist,

big government is the solution not the problem.

Can't cut it in good economic times, can't cut it in bad economic times. Afterall what went down in WI just created more unemployment- just ask same stupid ideological neo marxist.

Likewise still waiting for trickle up economics to work.


But everyone knows the super rich are making out like bandits with 0% rates on savings and their personal spaceships.


THe stupid ideological neo marxist has largely made the concept of unattainable luxury banal but that sure doesn't stop them from whining like queens while living like kings.

malikai's picture

We'll see how those "neo-marxists" do when big government falls flat on its face and they have to support themselves.

Alcoholic Native American's picture

who the fuck are these neomarxist? Are they in your imagination?  Trickle down just raped the country.  You sound like a teatard. Obama is a POS that has stuck with status quo all the way, it was under bush that actual checks were being sent out to stimulate the economy.  Obama has done nothing but prop up wallstreet.

Talk about a stupid idealogical bitch that whines too much.

Do you know what projection is?


Xkwisetly Paneful's picture

The guy you voted for has spent $10trillion now.  Largely making not one iota of economic difference to the good, which is very, very tough thing to do.  good job prolonging the pane though, a specialty of the neo marxists. 


NO seriously they need to raise the taxes on the rich, then when that money is gone in two months start taxing stupidity so the big government promoters actually pay for a change. Cause it surely isn't a spending problem it is a taxing one. 

Instead of lashing out, post more about what a victim you are while living better than royalty does in most countries,


neo marxist delusional.


Only the winners pay the vig.

Which excludes most of the whining neo marxist delusionals like you.

Jerome Lester Horwitz's picture

My hope is that all people who loosely throw around words ending in "tard" get married and have a flock of mentally retarded, Autistic, Downs Syndrome type kids so they realize how painful it is to those of use who have children like this to see a slang description of our kids disability hurled about to give the user of such slang some kind of undeserved superiority complex. I mean really, can't you people make a point without using an ugly slang word that implies that your target is mentally challenged? I am the parent of an Autistic child, my best friend is the parent of a Downs Syndrome child and people who throw this insult around have no idea how utterly repulsive it is to have a loved ones disability degenenerated into nothing more than a personal insult. If you can't find a descriptive word without insulting defenseless disabled persons then please...consult a dictionary. Sorry to vent but this annoys me to no end. It seems that the insult de jure lately is retard, teatard, libtard...etc and it is repulsive!

Caviar Emptor's picture

Methinx there'll be serious ripples. Stay tuned. 

Caviar Emptor's picture

And we're pushing biflation to new extremes: totally dead new housing construction, and seriously soaring energy and food prices. All thanks to new extremes of global money printing. Core PPI is in the cellar because prices can't be passed on to constrained consumers struggling with cost of living.  

jerry_theking_lawler's picture

congress WILL increase limit, ben WILL print more money. what is there to discuss??

6 String's picture

what is there to discuss??

Well, we could discuss how Benny will blame Congress for QE3. Because that is exactly what is going to happen after a brief hiatus.


dark pools of soros's picture

what can Ron Paul say to this madness??  will he just quit?

Muir's picture
Total US Debt Hits $14.237 Trillion, Debt Ceiling At $14.294 Trillion



Tis but a scratch.



Spitzer's picture

And gold falls....


Maybe we are all underestimating pozi finance. If this doen't do it, what will ?

Long-John-Silver's picture

The Japanese are liquidating Gold and Silver. This should have been expected by everyone. Don't worry, Even after the Japanese exchange paper Gold and Silver for YEN JP Morgan will still have a huge short position and all will be "normal" again.

nmewn's picture

"And gold falls...."

In devaluing dollar terms...not value terms.

They're shakin out the G/S paper spec's, all the major indexes are flat or negative for the year, combined with a -3% devaluation of the dollar that you are obligated to pay tax on?...what a the printing ponzi has done nothing but raise everyone's cost of living.

Just BTFD and hold it in your hands, you can thank me on the other side ;-)

eddiebe's picture

Deficits don't matter til the bankstas say they matter.

nmewn's picture

"Total US Debt Hits $14.237 Trillion, Debt Ceiling At $14.294 Trillion"

And now a word from that deficit hawk...let's all give it up for...nancy pelosi?

We won't go into the history right now?...LOL...why not? 

BAB's bonds?...debt.

700 billion in debt created or saved 3.6 million jobs? (as 10 million lost theirs?...and by what accounting method?)...the 700 billion produced revenue into the Treasury that decreased the deficit?...ROTFLMAO!!!

This from a Speaker of the House who didn't even bring a budget to the floor in 2010 with an overwhelming majority on her side in both chambers and a president in her own party?

Certifiably insane.

Debtless's picture

This country. This system. This government. What a huge fucking joke. 

candyman's picture

is the Paul/Bernack fight still on for tomorrow?

malikai's picture

No Benocide listed.


Shameful's picture

Living on the edge.  Good thing there is a crisis cover so both sides of the one party system can come together and move the debt target higher.  Maybe they'll be smart and push it to something like 19.5 Trillion, try to push these bad boys further out.

Caviar Emptor's picture

They can invoke the "you print, I print" rule! 

In the new global Ponzi where everyone is in deep quicksand, it's unfair if Japan just prints the equivalent of GDP in a week and uses it to buy up a year's worth of Saudi crude. So other countries, including the US, should get an automatic green light on printing in their own currency to bring things back in to balance. Fair is fair!

Backspin's picture

This is the issue that isn't going away.  Tsunamis end and mess gets cleaned up.  Gulf oil spills get cleaned up.  Even reactors can get shut down or repaired.  But this issue, the never ending spending, is still the primary reason to buy PM.

AldoHux_IV's picture

Debt? What debt? Just sweep it under the rug-- it's the nuke option: end the fed, reform the treasury, and replace congress with actual solution providing people and not corporate sponsored stooges.

traderjoe's picture

Why does a sovereign country borrow its own money from private corporations? Why is there debt at all? Why is our currency debt-money? 

That is the Original Sin of our government fraud/structure. 

TooBearish's picture

Congress will vote to abolish the debt ceiling....problem solved - on the other hand, why bother obeying ANY laws?  They seem to only enforce a few that they choose to and rarely go after the real perps, ala TBTF banksters...

f16hoser's picture

"Debt, You Can Believe In!" Thanx Barry O. I hope you have a nice Vacation in Rio with the family. Say Hi to the other Bilderburg groupies. Can't wait to see what the New World Order has in store for the rest of us.

Element's picture

Can you treat it like a Sievert per hr thing?

How bad could it be?

Caviar Emptor's picture

We also invoke the "you print, you lend" rule. 

If Japan prints the equivalent of their GDP overnight, The Fed gives its blessing provided a good chunk of it gets used to buy US Treasury debt. In the new global Ponzi  where money is untied to anything real, fair is fair. 

Jason Bourne's picture

Fuck you Tim.  Fuck you Ben.  Fuck you to those that control them.

Yes you will get your fucking debt ceiling increase...yes you will mofo's...but remember every time you do this your complete disgusting disregard for everyone but your fucking freinds is becoming more and more evident.  Every day.  Keep it up.

Keep it up.

Atomizer's picture

Dear Davos Group & Bilderbergs,

For many years, your institution has been sheltered. Our foot soldiers have collectively submitted their resignation. Your services have been terminated effective today. We hope your safety can be bought elsewhere. May God protect you & your families.

You'll never see this in print, unfortunately its happening.

cosmictrainwreck's picture the way we show that to 3 decimal places, like it's precisely accurate or something ha! what about all the "off-balance-sheet" shit?

AUD's picture

Are hope bonds not subject to limit cause you only hope to get your money back?

Dr. Porkchop's picture

Don't worry. Turbo Tim and Lord Blankcheck are arming their suicide vests this very minute for round two of 'Mo Money or Martial Law'.

Suicide Banking is alive and well.

Alcoholic Native American's picture

We got greedy banks and wall street holding our economy hostage to get their $$, a pentagon holding our foreign policy hostage to get their $$$, and oh yea, we got this idiot Obama, I'm not sure what the hell he's doing.

Al89's picture

I'm getting the feeling that this entire global zombie economy that has been staggering along since 2009 is about to be decisively shot in the face. Multiple times.

The EU, Japan, the U.S, China- All a massive joke. Let's move into the next phase. 

10kby2k's picture

Fuck...these crisis always end in war.  At least, can we have a 'green' war?, so the survivors will have the best quality of life possible.

Al89's picture

I think I'm going to head to Argentina/Bolivia/Paraguay if or when a war happens. 

And these things do happen, took a while for the post Napoleon Congress of Vienna consensu to break, but it broke in 1914 with WW1. The next consensus, formed after WW2 could be in the process of breaking. 

JProblem is this time we have nice shiny nukes. Hopefully any conflict won't see their use, just as WW2 didn't see much widespread use of chemical weapons.