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Total Debt: $16,432,730,050,569.12; Debt To GDP: 103%

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We already knew that the US crossed the debt ceiling on New Year's day. It is, however, one thing to read a Geithner press release, it is another to see America's ridiculous debt it in action. So here it is, courtesy of TreasuryDirect, in all its debt ceiling glory: $16,432,730,050,569.12, with the debt subject to the ceiling at the limit of $16.394 trillion.

And with that we can close the books on the first quarter of Fiscal 2013, in which US public debt grew by $366 billion, some $122 billion per month on average.

This number will now remain fixed, and not change for the next two months, or until the debt ceiling is once again riased, most likely by another $2.4 trillion to $18.8 trillion, to much theatrical kicking and screaming, some time in February or March. In the meantime, any new debt issuance will have to be offset dollar for dollar with a reduction in various government retirement funds, Federal asset sales, SLGS issuance suspension, and the various other internal and external liability rearrangement, i.e., the Treasury's emergency response, the various components of which were listed here.

And for those curious what this means in debt/GDP terms, we apply the roughly 1.5% annualized GDP growth to Q4 GDP to get a debt/GDP number at December 31, 2012 of 103%, and rising very rapidly.


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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:43 | 3116023 Zer0head
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Boner to resign? if he does the debt limit now becomes a real deal

if so markets tank tomorrow

the gift that keeps on giving

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:56 | 3116095 iDealMeat
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I bet Obama raises the ceiling by decree and hands out 30B each to the Sandy states.


Obama rolls like that..  He don't need no congress..

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:05 | 3116148 whatsinaname
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Does the 103 % number include the Fannie/Freddie liabilities ?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:16 | 3116199 negative rates
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The gvt regrets to inform you that you will not get your refund on time this year, because the gvt has no money, execpt yours.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:54 | 3116386 Michaelwiseguy
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In my wildest dreams I could not have accomplished such an amazing feat the US Government has accomplished for me. Keep that national debt growing parabolicly for me Congress and Mr President. I want to see the $20 trillion mark hit as soon as possible.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:07 | 3116459 TerminalDebt
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Dream higher my son.  100T before I die.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:10 | 3116474 negative rates
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After he gets done talkin to the chocolate carbonator, he'll be green with envy and stoned with wisdom.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:36 | 3117203 AldousHuxley
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don't worry boys and girls.....


USA is too big to fail



who wants war with America????


Just enjoy the empire


Thu, 01/03/2013 - 04:07 | 3117954 CompassionateFascist
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@whatsinaname: No. Actual Fed Govt debt is >$22,000,000,000,000. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:18 | 3116210 Bunga Bunga
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It does not matter, because this time is different. US have the technology to sustain high debt levels easily.  The greatest country on earth invented the printing press, the tablet computer and the Facebook.  This will change the world and the US will lead again.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:06 | 3116454 TerminalDebt
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I know you're high on Bunga Bunga so I'll let you off

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:58 | 3116396 JayKitsap
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"I bet Obama raises the ceiling by decree and hands out 30B each to the Sandy states.

 Obama rolls like that..  He don't need no congress.."


Yes the Sandy damage to Ill and Calf was just incredible, they will get included with it.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:14 | 3116728 azzhatter
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funny how much debt got pushed into November and Dec after the election

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:56 | 3116096 bjfish
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Tax-cuts under Bush = Bad

Tax-cuts under Obama = good

Gov't spending under Bush = Bad

Gov't spending under Obama = Good

$200 B deficits under Bush = Catstrophe (just ask Krugman)

$1.2 Trillion deficits under Obama = would be better if he spent even more (just ask Krugman)

foreign policy moves under Bush (any) = bad

foreign policy moves under Obama (any) = perfect execution of policy (just ask Time mag.)

If you think this is just my opinion, then you are wrong 'cuz there are legions of media types and liberal arts professors who verify and confirm this.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:06 | 3116158 GMadScientist
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Jeb 2016!


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:08 | 3116166 fonzannoon
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Michael Pento on cnbc right now saying he went long stocks. this guy was all cash for as long as i could remember. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:40 | 3116320 GMadScientist
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It's going to go up, but I wouldn't touch that paper with Bob Dole's dick.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:24 | 3116169 Woodyg
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Poly Sci 101 cont -
Intergovernmental Holdings - Social Security funds stolen by the Kleptocrats and the corporate welfare pigs - the oligarchs.
Just look at the fiscal cliff deal - 1.5 bil to goldman sachs - 150 mil to hollywood(thanksto dark thirty) and 45 mil for nascar etc - another 1.5 in legalized off shore accounting tricks -

Coupled with taxing any mortgage writedown as 100% income - so write down 100,000 and owe the fed and state gov 35,000 - yea that'll work!
Also tax breaks to help people take care of their elderly parents and keep them in their homesinstead of institutionalizing them are also gone.

We the People pay the Bills and the corporations get the Deals.

Bread and Circuses - or should I say SNAP and Sandy Hook?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:10 | 3116171 economics9698
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Tribe worship by the too dumb to figure it out crowd.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:23 | 3116224 LawsofPhysics
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If you really believe that there are two different political parties, then you have had your head up your ass for about 40+ years.  Wake the fuck up already.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:32 | 3116282 oddball
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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:06 | 3116455 Titus Flavius C...
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See Glenn Greenwald's "repulsive progressive hypocrisy"


for some reason not finding a full version of that article right now - too lazy to hunt.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:11 | 3116480 GernB
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Yes, this is all perfectly understandable and rational when you understand one thing. The reason Bush did all those things was to benefit the rich and the corrupt military industrial complex. The reason Obama did the exact same things was to benefit the poor, restore justice to our tax system and bring balance to the force.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:00 | 3116663 Al Huxley
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I hate to break it to you, but they both do the same fucking things, for the same fucking reasons, because they have the same fucking owners.

Fri, 01/04/2013 - 08:00 | 3121451 S.N.A.F.U.
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Apparently GernB's humor, clearly tagged as such with "bring balance to the force", went unnoticed by a few people.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:58 | 3116656 Al Huxley
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Good for you - sticking with the ol' red fish blue fish storyline.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:01 | 3116126 lolmao500
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Pro-TARP shill Cantor to replace Boehner most likely. Nothing will change.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:02 | 3116429 Zap Powerz
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Cantor doesnt cry as far as I know, so there is that.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 04:13 | 3117958 CompassionateFascist
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No, but he is a frequent visitor to the Wailing Wall. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:20 | 3116214 The Joker
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Puppet Replacement Theory:  C = S2 + D2

C = Change

S2 = Same Shit

D2 = Different Day

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:43 | 3116037 Cognitive Dissonance
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And in many circles this is considered fiscal restraint.

<God help us, but just wait until they're really trying to cut back.>

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:47 | 3116061 USS Bernanke
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Full speed ahead captain.

Set the presses to top speed and prepare for overdrive.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:52 | 3116084 Panafrican Funk...
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US debt clock puts the debt to GDP at 105.68%.

Main point of course being that regardless of calculation, we're definitely, for sure, insolvent.  

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:02 | 3116129 Cognitive Dissonance
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"Listen up buster. I'll tell you when we're insolvent. And we are not insolvent." - Helicopter Ben

<I still have an entire warehouse full of one's and zero's in reserve.>

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:05 | 3116154 Bay of Pigs
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But we "owe it to ourselves" right?


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:11 | 3116175 GMadScientist
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I can't seem to find my FFB debit card anywhere. Hmmm.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:57 | 3116652 yogibear
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Bubble Bernanke: "We will re-review the need for further market juicing at QE 100, until then party on!"

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:44 | 3116038 Dr. Engali
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Collapse. Just freaking collapse before they can do any more damage.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:44 | 3116039 The Axe
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dont tell it to the VXX  ha ha or VVXY

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:57 | 3116073 Ham-bone
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VXX about to take out all time low of $ tempting  Widow maker trade...US gov will punish any all who have the temerity to "short Merica" by running VXX to $.01.

Bottom line is - either join the Ponzi or be destroyed

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:45 | 3116049 mercenaryomics
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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:45 | 3116050 A Lunatic
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Looks like we're goin ta Di'ney Lan' Bitchez...........

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:03 | 3116144 Jena
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The Fiscal Cliff Ride -- Mind The Gap!


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:46 | 3116053 traderjoe
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Debt to the penny? How much did Rumsfeld say was missing from Pentagon budget on 9/10? Ever read the qualifications to any government financial statements?

Doomed, we are...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:47 | 3116057 espirit
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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:47 | 3116058 LawsofPhysics
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Build some more bombs and military hardware quick!  Another unfunded war will fix it (provided that we actually kill a substantial part of the world's population this time)!!  < sarc off >

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116101 Jethro
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Does one on our own soil count?  Because, the longer this charade persists, the more the philosophical divide extends and we shall go to war against our countrymen at some point.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:23 | 3116173 LawsofPhysics
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We will anyway.  Just like the soviets did during and after their collapse.  Ours will be no different.  The good news is that when the creditors come looking for debt repayment, the country that owed them all that money won't exist.  Just like the collapse and break-up, of the Soviet Union, our collapse will follow a similar path.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:06 | 3116447 Zap Powerz
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Creative destruction is a beautiful thing.  Sometimes, in order to save the country, it has to be burned to the ground.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 20:02 | 3116900 OneTinSoldier66
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There's a lot of dead wood in this forest that needs to be burned out to make way for new growth. Well, counterfeit wood anyway.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:02 | 3116675 Al Huxley
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In any case, it will be a lot cheaper to fight locally, once the foreign credit dries up.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:48 | 3116059 fonzannoon
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dow up 270. Nas up 83pts. Gold up 9 bucks. 9 bucks. it's like they feel bad for it. nice silver knockdown off the highs too.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116107 Dr. Engali
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That steak is looking mighty tasty right about now.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:06 | 3116157 fonzannoon
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pretty soon the offer will be a hamburger and I will probably take it.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:12 | 3116178 GMadScientist
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Many boats rise on the heap of monetized gubbamint cheese.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:49 | 3116064 Rogue Trooper
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You have to laugh at the 'precision' of all this ....  down to the last motherfuckin' 12 cents of, never to be repaid, Bennybucks!

Excel BitChez

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:00 | 3116121 Mad Mohel
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A lot of nuts on that Bernank.

 "Hey where the fuck you goin? You still owe .12 and I can't print that picayune shit, so I'll just take this gold tootha yours. Not that's it's money or anything, but we'll just call it even."

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:49 | 3116069 Bastiat009
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Went to Harvard, Princeton and MIT. I have been running banks and managing governments and thousands of people and I can assure you that this chart is completely irrelevant. And I also show up on TV every other day. So you can trust me.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:52 | 3116079 fonzannoon
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but but but all those reasons you gave makes me not trust you.....

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116106 kliguy38
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no no no.....these institutions are now inhabited by legacy students of the "highest order" and the best professors money could buy...."off".....nothing like bastardizing once proud institutions to guarantee bloodlines.....welcome to the Twilight Zone.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:49 | 3116071 Getting Old Sucks
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Listen world, if we default you get shit.  Keep lending and you get interest payments.  That's been working here in merica fo the las hunderd years. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:01 | 3116124 Winston Churchill
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Didn't have to borrow the interest payment before.

FedRes HAVING to buy 80% of UST's,cause nobody else will at these rates.

Just how much longer will the rest of the world accept dollars for real things ?

Couple of years max,get your money out now,if not yourself as well.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:07 | 3116151 Getting Old Sucks
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Since when has dollars been a real thing?  They suddenly gonna notice now? /sarc

Arrow up BTW

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:21 | 3116220 SokPOTUS
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10 year at 1.84%; Pfft.  Call me when it's at 18.4% and I'll *start* to listen.  In the meantime; as long as the shopkeeper continues to take these Benjamins even though the ink smears, I'll keep buying sh*t with ''em...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:05 | 3116690 chubbar
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interest rates go to 18.4% and the national debt interest payments go to 3 trillion dollars. Good luck with that.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:50 | 3116072 sixbilliondollarman
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I remember back in 2004-5 some guys stated that if a country had a Debt/GDP ratio of over 70% they were considered a BANANA REPUBLIC...then again we had a mesure of M3 back around that time too.





Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:00 | 3116123 nonclaim
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Then the new US rating will be BANANAAA+

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:14 | 3116184 espirit
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I up arrowed you because that is good, really good analysis.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:08 | 3116165 Jena
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It was all so different when GWB was the big cheese, dontcha know?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:12 | 3116718 akak
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Would that be head, or fromunda?

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 02:38 | 3117864 Likstane
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because of your base comments, we can not be BFF

edit: you forgot crack

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 14:55 | 3119483 akak
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I'm simply crushed.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:52 | 3116081 espirit
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Let's see, 16 Trillion debt divided by 16 Million workers = Screwed Bitchez.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:52 | 3116082 Dr. Richard Head
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Ahhhh, it seems like it was just yesterday we hit that 100% debt/GDP mark...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:05 | 3116149 mercenaryomics
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Ahhhh, it seems like it was just yesterday we hit that 100% debt/GDP mark...

No kidding, aren't exponents fun!? 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:24 | 3116231 SokPOTUS
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These Currencies blow up so fast these days....

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:16 | 3116503 knicks3005
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It was yesterday....

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:53 | 3116087 BlueStreet
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What's the problem, it's moving from the lower left to the upper right? Just be long of it, as 'Garts' would say.  

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:59 | 3116114 Sudden Debt
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true, if it where Apple Toys Inc. everybody would be chanting

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:27 | 3116252 BullsNBeers
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No need to sweat it! Just turn your monitor 45 degrees to the right.

See? Now its all good. 


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:56 | 3116097 FubarNation
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This is bullish.  Just look at the ES up 2.5% today.  Move along.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116104 Sudden Debt
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why not....


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:57 | 3116405 Deacon Frost
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Yes SD, and I spend the depreciating $ on accumulating Au and Ag, as I have since 2002 after the dot-com crash.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116105 adr
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I thought Moodys just said debt to GDP would peak at 80% in 2014. Somebody might want to get Moodys an updated chart.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:59 | 3116110 lolmao500
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Moodys, in their infinte wisdom, only counts the debt held by the public.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:59 | 3116118 Sudden Debt
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Texas instruments... still made in America....

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:06 | 3116156 Dr. Richard Head
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Americans don't need scientific calculators, just an iPad full of TMZ apps will do.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:58 | 3116108 lolmao500
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Too bad they didn't pass the Sandy relief bill... Timmy's games wouldn't have lasted a week... it would have been hilarious.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:25 | 3116244 SokPOTUS
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Yep.  That's why they should have passed it; and added some tasty 'R' pork onto it too.  Boehner has to go; he's the patsy at the table; and he's outta chips.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:35 | 3116290 lolmao500
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Oh wait.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Friday on $9 billion in disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy and then another vote on $51 billion in aid on January 15.

Timmy's shorts are gonna be brown soon.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:59 | 3116115 Ignatius J Reilly
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I postulate this very seriously.  I really want to hear your theories.


It is hypothesized that if a person were to cross the event horizon of a black hole, he would feel nothing, but doom is certain.  Is that where we are?


Use your imagination.  How can this debt be solved?  When do we  begin to feel the pull of the black hole's gravity? 20 Trillion?  when?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:02 | 3116137 lolmao500
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When Bondzilla shows up.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:08 | 3116162 Jethro
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I reckon that this analogy could be applied to our current fiscal situation.  The normal laws of physics get skewed as you get closer to the singularity, but the approach is exponential right?  So, you might think everything is OK, but just a tad strange right up to the point where you get ripped apart atom by atom. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:25 | 3116241 LawsofPhysics
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No imagination required.  We have seen other large countries or unions collapse and break up before.  Ours will be very similar.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:52 | 3116365 Ignatius J Reilly
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My appologies.  I'm looking for the catalyst, the switch, whatever, that actually causes the default.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:07 | 3116457 Jethro
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I don't think you'd notice crossing an actual event horizon either because your frame of reference.  You'd just all of a sudden be there.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:40 | 3116321 pods
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The debt cannot be solved.  It is not supposed to be solved.

It is the solution. 

Now the problem of debt currency+interest, that is the problem.

The solution= More Debt.

If you put those glasses on, things become perfectly clear.


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:53 | 3116378 Ignatius J Reilly
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ad infinitum ... one way trip to Zimbabwe?


There has to be a resolution, doesnt there have to be a default?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:13 | 3116491 seek
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There is no solution with the current amount of debt. To get to the point where we simply aren't increasing debt (ie zero deficit + current outstanding debt) would take approximately a 34% cut in federal spending, and that's not counting any off-budget items, or increases in mandated spending (e.g. SS).

Just the cut alone would result in a depression-level decline in GDP. So the "solution" would be a 34% cut in spending, an instant depression, and a freeze on any additional SS spending, meaning current SS benefits would be divided across a growing pool of beneficiaries, and the checks would get progressively smaller as boomers rotated in. If we did all that, we could stay in the place we're are, but not crawl out of the hole.

Anything less than a zero deficit simply means the debt increases. Interest rates have to be close to zero for this to work at all. At 15% interest rates (those seen during the high inflation episode of late 70s/early 80s when Volker stepped in) our current debt would consume 100% of current federal tax revenue, with nothing left over for any spending whatsoever.

Any increase in interest rates accelerates the debt accumulation and point where it reaches the same as income. At 7% interest, the debt would cost $1T a year to service. Remember ll federal tax revenues are $2.5T, GDP is 15T, there's just not a lot of runway left here.

Ergo, until after the reset, we will never, ever again see interest rates far from zero. Which means when inflation happens, there will be no stopping it. And for the government to maintain purchasing power, it has to print even more (remember, it's the printing that causing the dilution of the dollar that leads to lost purchasing power.) We're in a positive feedback loop now, and the only escape are choices that today are considered too horrific to make -- and thus they won't be made.

You can see the posturing to create some sort of hybrid fascist/socialist state out of the wreckage, but I don't think TPTB that are planning this are comprending the size of the reset, and the fact that with a collapse economy, there won't be enough rewards to fascists or socialists to keep things going.

My bets are it falls apart 2015-2018. You can do all sorts of fun things with numerical modeling and assumptions, growth rates, etc. At current growth rates, our debt to GDP will be 200% by 2019, 400% by 2027. In the meantime the dollar is devaluing due to the printing -- how far can it be devalued before something breaks?

That's just the US. Don't forget Japan and Europe have their own issues -- any of which can demand a financial response from the US that triggers the final implosion.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 04:34 | 3117968 CompassionateFascist
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These "economic" analyses can take one only so far. The Jew-Stalinist oligarchs and their goy stooges know economic collapse is coming fairly soon, after which they'll no longer be able to buy consent with debt issuance. That's why the gun grab: hard to gulag people who can shoot back. I expect the Grab w/in 60 days of Obama's inaug, shortly followed by 1,2,3...many Ruby Ridges/Wacos. Then flat out, hot Civil War: Right vs Left, Race vs. Race, Rural vs. Urban, States vs. Center. We don't have 3 years to prepare...3 months if we're lucky. Invest in lead. If you can find any.  

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 16:59 | 3116116 dexter_morgan
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Don't sweat it, we're all Keynnsian now.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:02 | 3116134 FubarNation
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I think the Vapors said it best.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:21 | 3116530 Rogue Trooper
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An awesome tune by the Vapors indeed.  Perhaps more fitting prose from Iron Maiden, "The Wickerman",  

Irony BRitChez  - some serious Guitar :)

"You watch the world exploding every single night
Dancing in the sun a newborn in the light
Brothers and their fathers joining hands and make a chain
The shadow of the Wicker Man is rising up again

Your time will come, your time will come
Your time will come, your time will come"

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:03 | 3116135 wcvarones
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>> we apply the roughly 1.5% annualized GDP growth to Q4 GDP

That's <i>real</i> GDP.  Don't forget Zimbabwe Ben's contribution of ~2% devaluation.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:09 | 3116167 docmac324
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Bankrupt baby.


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:10 | 3116174 Yen Cross
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 The U.S. has now gained another #1 distinction... Global Banana Republic.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:30 | 3116265 BullsNBeers
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I hope the clothing will be cheaper than the normal Banana Republic.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:13 | 3116181 luna_man
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Lest, anyone forget, MY MAIN MAN, is keeping score here!!


I dare Anyone, to attempt to fudge the number's

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:14 | 3116188 Waterfallsparkles
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I hate it when the Rating Agencys and the Market try to get the Congress and Senate to do their bidding thru the threat of Downgrades or lowered Stock Prices.

Trying to influence proper Fiscal Policy based on their view of the US Debt is outrageous.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:15 | 3116193 Investor Wizard
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Ben and Timmy have plans to transfer that debt to 16.4 billion Visa 0% introductory offer credit cards. Problem solved for 180 days!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:27 | 3116253 SokPOTUS
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The 29.9% Penalty Rate next June's a bitch though...

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:37 | 3116310 SokPOTUS
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I got a down arrow for that?  WTF?  Not funny (enough?) I guess.  Next time, I'll add more snark.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:29 | 3116259 Bunga Bunga
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They would just need bigger limos to carry all these credit cards.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:26 | 3116248 lolmao500
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Timmyyyyyyy will have a problem soon enough :

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said Wednesday that House Speaker John Boehner has promised a vote Friday on $9 billion in disaster aid for Superstorm Sandy and then another vote on $51 billion in aid on January 15.

How much money can Timmy steal from the government pension funds? More than $60 billion? He better hope so or else... things could get hilarious real fast.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:34 | 3116287 SokPOTUS
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About $300B from the G-Fund; then there's a smaller .gov worker fund of about $50B.  We are on a run rate of $122B of deficit per month for the first three months of this FY; Oct-Dec; so on or about April 1 through 10 before TSHTF.  There's also a State and Local Construction Bond guarantee program they can suspend; but that would bring road construction projects in bad credit states like CA and IL to a screeching halt just in time for Spring; thousands of 'shovel ready' jobs would be un-saved or dis-created.  States with 'good' credit ratings could probably finance their own, w/o FedGov guarantees.  Suspending that program in the Spring could probably buy another week or two. 

Sandy Relief would bump time forward though a couple of weeks to mid-to-end of March, instead.

It's gonna be epic.


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:29 | 3116257 zapdude
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Reinhart & Rogoff will be proven right once again. 

Once a nation breaches the ~80% debt to GDP ratio, they have passed the point of no return towards default. 

The US will default, only after the confetti money printing has made US debt totally worthless.

FORWARD, soviet!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:31 | 3116273 lolmao500
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I want it to happen during Obama's term so all those statists slaves Obamabots cry their eyes out and harakiri when they realized they have been fools all this time... it'll be hilarious.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:38 | 3116317 zapdude
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I'm afraid when that happens, we'll all be too busy trying to stay alive in some "Walking Dead" scenario where we're ducking bullets and practicing ditch medicine because civilization has collapsed. 

No time for schadenfreude.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:15 | 3116733 akak
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There's always room for Jello ... and brains!

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:32 | 3116566 supafuckinmingster
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Zapdude: "Reinhart & Rogoff will be proven right once again. 

Once a nation breaches the ~80% debt to GDP ratio, they have passed the point of no return towards default. 

The US will default, only after the confetti money printing has made US debt totally worthless.

FORWARD, soviet!"


Little o'l Irelands is 1093% apparantely. Do we have a prayer?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:36 | 3116300 cognus
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It works great for the Japanese - I'm sure it will work here.  as long as those yields are this low, take the Money Benny!  take it 'til the rate hits 6

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:37 | 3116313 Smuckers
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So by dropping the penny from production, does the total go down to .10, or up to .15?

This is very important.


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:38 | 3116314 Grinder74
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Why do I keep getting ads?  Is ZeroHedge trying to get me to stop worrying about US debt?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:39 | 3116319 SokPOTUS
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Looks like a chart of AAPL for 10/1/11 - 09/30/12

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:41 | 3116327 Titus Flavius C...
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Have you fellas seen Krugman's latest?


I think the stress is getting to him.


Attack, gentlemen - attack!


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:22 | 3116763 yogibear
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Always thought Krugman would feel quite proud standing in front of the military reviewing stand in a socialist nation. The faster he destroys the US and it's constitution the sooner he gets to bask in the light of the new world order.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:41 | 3116328 seek
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US GDP: $15T

$122B/Month, annualized: $1.5T ($1.46 rounded up for simplicity)

So we're now adding 10% of the GDP to debt every year, or another way to look at it, supporting GDP by printing to the tune of 10% per year.

No way out of this one. And were that spending to go away -- instant depression.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 10:38 | 3116329 Doctor Faustus
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“Fools that will laugh on earth, must weep in hell.”


Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:50 | 3116356 yrbmegr
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There was a time when we were running a surplus.  Anybody remember that?

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:52 | 3116368 Irelevant
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Yup, that was smoke and mirrors as well.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:02 | 3116431 Titus Flavius C...
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No - that was horseshit... just an accounting trick using your social security taxes.



Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:50 | 3116361 Irelevant
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US debt is irrelevant. PODS had a very good post, debt is the solution when you have a debt based currency. The problem is confidence, if that collapses so does the system. That is why they are manipulating gold so much. However, they soon must start manipulating corn, oil, soybeans, milk, cement, water, and all those other real things that can`t be printed up ... unless you have a 3d printer.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:56 | 3116400 GMadScientist
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Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:07 | 3116449 Mr. Hudson
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More debt means more money, since money is a receipt of debt. Too bad the banks are the only ones who get all the money from Bernanke. They will subsidize food when prices get too high; just like they are currently doing with milk.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:23 | 3116533 MiltonFriedmans...
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Long 3D printers........


Wed, 01/02/2013 - 17:52 | 3116376 Campagnolo
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...and counting bitches, yes counting more to the debt every day....

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:05 | 3116444 Dre4dwolf
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Who lent all this money, and where did they get it to give it in the first place?

;) The debt is meaningless.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:10 | 3116475 Mr. Hudson
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The Fed authorizes the debt. The Fed loves the debt to go up and up because when the day comes that America can't pay on the debt, FDR gave the Fed the power to take every inch of land in America; whether it be public or private.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:17 | 3116499 negative rates
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It's nothing but the Feds interpretation of the fiscal cliff, inflated since 1913. We should all be wishing him happy birthday according to his thinking. 

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:08 | 3116467 GubbermintWorker
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It's all monopoly money any way *shrug*

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:11 | 3116477 TerminalDebt
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Inflation so bad you can't get a decent hooker for 5 bucks anymore

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:12 | 3116483 AgAu_man
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$16T+? I didn't build that! Not one single FRN of it.

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:13 | 3116493 Bansters-in-my-...
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......................Serfs Up...........................

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 18:20 | 3116521 Bansters-in-my-...
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And the Rothschilds smile   :0)

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 19:44 | 3116827 Rob Paulson
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Here's an interesting video I'm watching:

Kyle Bass on what happens when debt reaches 20x tax revenue.  

Wed, 01/02/2013 - 21:40 | 3117218 newworldorder
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This new number has no meaningfull consequences. It would be 20 trillion as it does not matter to the "person on the street." UNTILL THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES, IT'S JUST NUMBER ONLY.

Thu, 01/03/2013 - 06:25 | 3118025 AmeliaV
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The debt of the Federal government is just huge, probably the US is at first place among all the countries with developed economy. And this debt grows with every minutes because no one tries to eliminate it and make it lower. How can the economy be healthy if borrowing money and using payday loans in hour has become a lifestyle for the US? Everybody has debts today. But I think that the debt of the Federal Government doesn’t let the economy to develop and keep us at the same place, we do not go any further. Until we have this problem it will be hard to see any economic progress. 

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