Tyler Durden's picture

November 16, 2011 was a historic date: that's when the US officially surpassed $15 trillion in debt for the first time since World War 2. We celebrated it by cheering $15,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOOBAMA. Today, August 28, 2012, is when we can unofficially celebrate again, because 286 days after the last major milestone was surpassed with disturbing ease, total US debt following today's $35 billion auction of 2 Year bonds is, well, in a word: $16,OOO,OOO,OOO,OOOBAMA! 

The math?

Take today's $35 billion in 2 Year bonds.

and add this unsettled amount to the total debt...

...To get just over $16X1012 which means it took 286 days to go from $15 to $16 trillion: $3.5 billion in extra debt every day.

Alternatively take the above official Total Public Debt Outstanding, and add to this $76 billion in net new debt that will settle over the J-Hole weekend.

The result: $16.05 trillion, which is what the debt to the penny will officially show next week.

Of course this will be the total following the balance of this week's auctions. In the meantime, the US is now officially between that ceiling and a $16 trillion floor.

But wait. You aint's seen nothing yet. At this rate of growth, total US debt will surpass:

  • $17 trillion on June 10, 2013;
  • $18 trillion on March 23, 2014;
  • $19 trillion on January 3, 2015; and
  • $20 trillion on October 16, 2015

And on, and on, and on...

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Dr. Engali's picture

With al this hope going around , I'm out of change.

kekekekekekeke's picture

it feels like only yesterday that we cracked $15,000,000,000,000 

GetZeeGold's picture



SPIKE the football baby!!!


flacon's picture

The more money we have the less money we have. (circa Germany in the 1920's stated by central planners)

e-man's picture

So true!  On a positive note, all we have to do is start selling Treasuries to any Zimbabwean kid.  $16 trillion is chump change to them.

Manthong's picture

Par-tay music!


Bon Scott’s death: the official cause was listed as "acute alcohol poisoning" and "death by misadventure"..

Apropos tribute for the occasion



The Watchman's picture

I'm looking forward to the point in the exponential curve when they just start adding zeros. First annually, then monthly, then daily, then every 6 hours, then every minute, then every second, then every fraction of a sec, and so on and so forth.

saturn's picture

Just wait for tomorrow, kekeke.

55 men's picture

I don't know about you guys but when i see big numbers that always means growth.

FEDbuster's picture

With E-bucks they won't even have to print the trillion dollar bills like Zimbabwe did (and I was looking forward to Obama's picture on the "trill bill").  Just issue more credits on the EBT cards.  Half of America has one issued to someone in the family.  Soon the other 49% of Americans will get their cards, too.  All run by JP Morgan Chase.

Mr. EBT swiping all day



AldousHuxley's picture


Xibalba's picture

I still can't wrap my head around what a TRILLION dollars is.  A million millions.  I think we're lulled into complacency because it's just an unfathomable sum.  

TruthInSunshine's picture

If it wasn't real, it'd be insanely funny. As is, it's just insane.


Video of Speech where Obama PLEDGES he will cut deficit in half in February of 2009 - YouTube


President Barack Obama: "I Am Pledging To Cut The Deficit We Inherited By Half By The End of My First Term"

"We can not and will not sustain deficits like these without end. Contrary to the prevailing wisdom in Washington these past few years, we can not simply spend as we please and defer the consequences to the next budget, the next administration or the next generation.


That's why today, I am pledging to cut the deficit we inherited by half by the end of my first term in office. This will not be easy - it will require us to make difficult decisions and face challenges we have long neglected but i refuse to leave our children with a debt they can not repay. And that means taking responsibility right now in this administration, for getting our spending under control."


President Barack Obama
February of 2009


"We are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."


Senator Barack Obama (D-Ill)
Senate Floor Speech on Public Debt
March 16, 2006

Popo's picture

It's more than half a miliion bucks for every household.

To suggest that we will pay it back is absurd.

(And the talking heads on TV are trying to spin this like the "math" is wrong, because we're dividing debt from the future by households today.   But they fail to acknowledge that debt will be even BIGGER in the future!  Facepalm!!!   This thing is absolutely going to blow.)

Sockethead's picture



Even if we pretend the $50+ trillion of unfunded liabilities doesn't exist, it is still absurd to suggest the debt can be paid back.  There are roughtly 114 million households, so that is $140K per.  Most households live paycheck to paycheck; $140K is an astronomical amount for the average Joe.



TruthInSunshine's picture

Many have little savings as retirement looms


More than half of all workers, 56%, say they have less than $25,000 in savings, according to a survey by the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

And the strain is already starting to show up as more American actually retire. More than half of retirees, 54%, report they have less than $25,000 saved. That's up dramatically from 2006, when 42% said they had less than that.

Occam's Moisture Strip's picture

Check out this piece:


Andrew Tisch: Let's Ban the Word 'Trillion' U.S. national debt is $15,800,000,000,000. Our lingo shouldn't obscure how dangerous that is.



Blasé Faire's picture

If you averaged counting 1 number per second it would take you 507,032.335 YEARS to count to 16 trillion (to give you an idea of how unfathomable of a number it is).  How fast can we print it away?  Well, that's a different story altogether.

resurger's picture

wont be enuff to build the death star

I am on to you's picture

I have been waiting forever, for tomorrow to come,and when i finaly came,It had turned into, today!

I could not resist ,Saturn!

Troll Magnet's picture


AldousHuxley's picture






USA #1.....in DEBT!!!!







FEDbuster's picture

The urban riots will be epic.  I look at the pictures of soup lines during the first US depression, and wonder what it would be like if the 50 million Americans on food stamps had to que up each day to get their benefits. 

I the words of Jim Lahey, "The shit barometer is rising, the shit winds are coming."


tocointhephrase's picture

Debt BOMB Debt BOMB, YOUR A DEBT BOMB...............

Republicae's picture

"Tomorrow I'll think of some way . . . after all, tomorrow is another day." Scarlett O'Hara

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

nmewn posted:


That fuckin' rocks.

The red arrows are obviously from pansy asses.

nmewn's picture

Maybe they were in the mood for classics....Hendrix, Joplin,  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass...who knows or cares...lol.

Still tryin to wake up here...a strong Joe Perry riff with some wa-wa oughta do it ;-)


cranky-old-geezer's picture



What's positive about the dollars in your paycheck losing 50% of their value in the last 4 years?

What's positive about working for half the "pay" you got 4 years ago?

People think this is just a game until they see how rapidly the currency is losing value and how fast we're approaching a point where it loses all value. 

Then you'll be working for free more or less.  Yea, you'll still get a paycheck, but the dollars in that paycheck won't buy a loaf of bread.

Weimar America (currency collapse) isn't decades away.  It's months away.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture


Michael's picture

Just had a post of mine deleted, interesting.

Too bad this thread won't get to 1000 comments because of my controversial comment being deleted and get more money from add clicks.

GetZeeGold's picture



So you're giving up? Just like that?


smiler03's picture

Spill the beans! It sounds very dodgy, time to find a new unmoderated blog?

Tyler, would you ever do that?

Taint Boil's picture



I don't believe Zero Hedge would do that - would they?

sadmamapatriot's picture

Maybe it was just one of those computer things. I look forward to your posts everyday and wanted to get the inside scoop on this convention joke.

Tsar Pointless's picture

I prefer my title to be spelled the old-fashioned Bulgarian way, thank you very much.

Tippoo Sultan's picture

Simeon the Great...ah, yes. The good old days of the Bulgarian Empire.

CrockettAlmanac.com's picture

I thought ZeroHedge was the Bulgarian Empire.

tenpanhandle's picture

czar, tzar, caesar. kaiser, obama - all just different words for dictator.

TN Jed's picture

Another couple trillion and we're talking real money.  Fiat?  Oh, well screw it then.

Tsunami Wave's picture

The first $15,000,000,000,000 is always the hardest, you know.

OutLookingIn's picture

Fifty Percent

World War II ended in August 45 = $15 trillion

If it takes half the time to double = $32 trillion in June 2045

Ain't going to happen. Will be much larger because the exponential required.

malikai's picture

I think the intention was to say Debt/GDP was 100%?

That's the only thing that could make sense.

tenpanhandle's picture

when did sense become the barometer?

CaptainObvious's picture

*sniff sniff*  Those younguns grow up so fast!

NumberNone's picture

This is anything but Sweet Sixteen.