Visualizing The US Debt Ceiling (In $100 Bills)

Tyler Durden's picture

The United States owes a lot of money. For now, there is no debt ceiling - it has been suspended - but in 10 days that changes, and who knows what happens then.

For some context as to just how much money the US owes - and what the debt ceiling looks like - Demonocracy is back...

One Hundred Dollars

$100 - Most counterfeited money denomination in the world.
Keeps the world moving.

Ten Thousand Dollars

$10,000 - Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car.
Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.

One Million Dollars

$1,000,000 - Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh?
Still, this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.

One Hundred Million Dollars

$100,000,000 - Plenty to go around for everyone.
Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard sized pallet.

The couch is made from $46.7 million of crispy $100 bills.

$100 Million Dollars = 1 year of work for 3500 average Americans

Here are 2000 people standing shoulder to shoulder, looking for a job.
The Federal Reserve's mandate is to maintain price stability and low unemployment.
The Federal Reserve prints money based on the assumption that increasing money supply will boost jobs.

One Billion Dollars

$1,000,000,000 - You will need some help when robbing the bank.
Interesting fact: $1 million dollars weighs 10kg exactly.
You are looking at 10 tons of money on those pallets.

One Trillion Dollars

The 2011 US federal deficit was $1.412 Trillion - 41% more than you see here.

If you spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, you would have not spent $1 trillion by now...
but ~$700 billion- same amount the banks got during bailout.

One Trillion Dollars

Comparison of $1,000,000,000,000 dollars to a standard sized American Football field.

Say hello to the Boeing 747-400 transcontinental airliner that's hiding in the back. This was until recently the biggest passenger plane in the world.

You can see the White House with both wings to the right.

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." - Thomas Jefferson

US Debt Ceiling - $20+ Trillion in 2017

Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as United States national debt is soon to pass 20% of the entire world's combined economy (GDP / Gross Domestic Product).

Here are some cool quotes from cool guys in the past saying the right things about the future and in a sense predicting today:

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” - Thomas Jefferson

If the national debt would be laid in a single line of $1 bills, it would stretch from Earth, past Uranus.

122.1 Trillion Dollars

$122,100,000,000,000. - US unfunded liabilities by Dec 31, 2012. We have not upgraded the graphics for 2017 because it simply is pointless. The US government has no plan for fixing unfunded liabilites. This number is so far out there that it is uncomprehensible to most readers but a few mathematicians.

Above you can see the pillar of cold hard $100 bills that dwarfs the WTC & Empire State Building - both at one point world's tallest buildings. If you look carefully you can see the Statue of Liberty.

The 122.1 Trillion dollar super-skyscraper wall is the amount of money the U.S. Government knows it does not have to fully fund the Medicare, Medicare Prescription Drug Program, Social Security, Military and civil servant pensions. It is the money USA knows it will not have to pay all its bills. If you live in USA this is also your personal credit card bill; you are responsible along with everyone else to pay this back. The citizens of USA created the U.S. Government to serve them, this is what the U.S. Government has done while serving The People. The unfunded liability is calculated on current tax and funding inputs, and future demographic shifts in US Population.

Note: On the above 122.1T image the size of the bases of the money stacks are $10 billion, and 400 stories @ $4 trillion.

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." - Thomas Jefferson


"This is when you need to remember that when a nation's economy collapses, the wealth of the nation doesn't disappear, it only changes hands."

Government Waste: Missing Money Infographic does a great job showcasing the Trillions lost through miss-management.

Everyone needs to see this...


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stant's picture

Thank god we got 1s and zeros

Darktarra's picture   <-- Go down to the appendix and ADD up all the total annual debts from 1920 to now!  WE ARE FUCKING BROKE!  FUCK THE DOLLAR and FUCK WALL ST! 

lexxus's picture
lexxus (not verified) Darktarra Mar 5, 2017 10:15 PM

Every country that's broke got there because money itself became the problem.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Looks like they have updated the presentation to reflect the new debt level of 20 trillion dollars to include missing funds graphic.

I have shared this with people in the past and no one really gets it. I am not even sure at times I get it. How can markets be going up with debt at this level?

So working the math, it has cost the US about 1 TRILLION DOLLARS per thousand DOW points.

None of this makes any sense at all.

The real question: Since this is a Jewish year of Jubilee (5777), is some sort of RESET coming that none of us know about?

As a side note, the Jewish people are looking for the return of their Messiah this year (5777). The number 5 means grace and the number 7 means completeness. It should be an interesting year.


GUS100CORRINA's picture

In addition to these numbers on US debt, corporate debt is also up 100%

Under OBAMA, so many debt metrics are in unchartered territory as markets like the US, Brazil, etc. have roared completely ignoring every valuation metric known to man.

Really strange. 

prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Mar 6, 2017 6:20 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

prime american's picture
prime american (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Mar 6, 2017 6:20 AM

I'm making over $7k a month working part time. I kept hearing other people tell me how much money they can make online so I decided to look into it. Well, it was all true and has totally changed my life. This is what I do...

Elco the Constitutionalist's picture
Elco the Constitutionalist (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Mar 6, 2017 9:48 AM

This was not Obama's fault. In fact, we know that Obama was a bankster puppet (thanks to wiki leaks).

The problem has been building since the income tax and federal reserve were established just in time for us to enter WW1. WW1 was prosecuted and finished for the express purpose of setting up WW2. The nuclear bomb was not something those psychopathic bankers had planned for. Without the Bomb, it is impossible to say how history would have resolved. Most likely, we would all be speaking Russian or Chinese right now, because we would have destroyed the rest of a generation and all of our military invading Japan.

TAALR Swift's picture

Yes, it's a huge relief that all this Debt and Liabilities fit so easily on a common Thumb Drive or Micro SD card.

In this context, one can see why bankers and their owners might be motivated to switch from physical currency to digital currency.

Especially when you use Scientific Notation for said Debts and Liabilities, to take away the psychological sting of "Trillions" of Debt.  2.0E12 is so much easier to digest. Especially if you are challenged by Math / Maff. Going from 2.0E12 to 3.0E12 is child's play to MAGA, or to stand with America's BFF in the ME.

Look at the bright side. Those lucky people who have a job, will now have the benefit of working their entire biological life, to pay for these eternal promises of labor. Those who cannot stay on the work treadmill, will have to sell off their savings and accumulated or hidden assets.

Yet millions of people, and thousands of bloggers on ZH will maintain that this is the greatest country ever, and that this is the greatest system ever. Enlightening. 

kochevnik's picture

Stupid Jew money

Convert to lead, silver and crypto.  After collapse you will be a lord

mtanimal's picture

Now visualize me banging that women on the hundred million dollar couch, and when I'm done We The People owe NOTHING, NADA, ZIP, ZERO.

Actually, I want my fucking taxes refunded! I never gave you my consent! (But thanks for the broad with the rack)

EternalAnusocracy's picture

Very funny!.  You speak as if you have any say so in the matter.  Shup up and stay bent over!  Oh, and keep your hole lubed up.   The elites like it that way.

Al Gophilia's picture

In protest, I'm bending over dry.

Ben A Drill's picture

Ask any Credit Card company. They are giving CASH back with every purchase. 4% cash back on all gasoline! Double and triple airline miles.

Whoop de fucking do.

Banks should pay for all the EBT card users out there. Not the taxpayer.

Banks please reward me with not having to pay for EBT cards. Didn't we already bail you out once. Now it's your turn.

Proctologist's picture

In the immortal words of one of my Democrat friends " spend, spend, spend!"

When I asked him what my kids would have to look forward to if we kept up this behavior , he said " what kids, I don't have any kids. All I have is cats.
Spend, spend, spend!".

Weimar cometh.

jcdenton's picture

So we like that second to the last image?


Well, take that one and multiply it by -- THREE!


Okay, let's do that again ..  (with pretty explosions)


For further amplification ..

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

And to think a cube comprising all the gold ever mined from the earth would only measure around 21 metres on each side.

And please look back at this excellent ZH article by way of visual comparison with the dollar mountains.

Is it any wonder that the price of gold is supressed by governments and bankers alike, and that the element is undervalued as the most sound medium for managing finance.

The only remedy is for all of us to buy more while we can at the lowest pricing for our benefit and that of future generations, before the stacks of paper 'wealth' collapse as did the World Trade Centre itself by that measure.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Julio53's picture

I don't understand.

Obama said our economy is in great shape and getting better every day.


economessed's picture

Nobody cares about government debt.  It will never be paid back.  Ever.  The only thing people SHOULD be worried about is if the US Government will default peacefully or in the grip of the most horrific war ever witnessed.

rockstone's picture

I vote for "peacefully". (But I don't think that will happen.)

JohnGaltSpeaking's picture

Seems a bit folly to start a war over debt, wars are expensive. It's like burning a field in protest of its poor yields.

zrussell's picture

Wake me up when we get to Duotrigintillion dollahs

Bastiat's picture

Put next to that pile, the volume of all gold that was ever mined to get an idea of what gold is worth in fiat.

Fake Trump's picture

Don't worry. Trump doesn't know about it. To him it is FAKE NEWS. 

MaxThrust's picture

Every country will print. The politicians demand it, they do not wish to deal with an economic colapse on their watch.

When every country prints PM will advance.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

PMs are already advancing, not just waiting for the collapse of the fiat 'Towering Inferno'.

Look at Average daily trading volumes in US$.

Gold trades at a higher value than German Bunds, Dow Jones (All Stocks), UK Gilts, Euro/Yen, and S&P 500 (All Stocks).

The Gold market is larger than many major stock and bond markets - UK Gilts, China, FTSE 100, French OATs, German Bunds, Hang Seng, Dax, Australian ASX.

Gold Investor, Feb 2017, pp24

This month's issue is a good read.

To the 'barbarous relic' nay sayers and 'pet rock' imbeciles I can only say stuff that in your pipe and smoke it.


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

begintowin's picture

This author wrote, "If the national debt would be laid in a single line of $1 bills, it would stretch from Earth, past Uranus."

Okay, under no circumstances will any amount of money stretch up my past my anus; maybe "your anus" but not my anus. I just want to make that perfectly clear.

red1chief's picture

If I can grab a few bills as it's stretching it might be worth it.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

In 10 more days?...

Something "9/11"ish perhaps???!!!

Only after nearly 16 years of where they've taken us with fiat on the "back" of oil and failing at every game since 2003 controlling it, I'd say there luck has OFFICIALLY RUN OUT!

Nowhere to run this time! "NAIL GUNS" ALL AROUND!!!

red1chief's picture

The debt limit under Obama was a political football. The Republicans will raise it this time with little fuss.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

"The debt limit under Obama was a political football. The Republicans will raise it this time with little fuss."

"YES" indeed they will... And didn't that Republican V.P. tell the American people after 9/11 that "deficits don't matter"?...

Well at least "Team Red" is both consistent and honest in their deceit!

hedge4Gain's picture

Exactly why Trump wants big big military, when you don't have money to pay off your debts, eventually your debtors come to collect and they may want California and Alaska (we could throw in New York and DC).  Trump knows he will need a large military to threaten our debtors to keep them from dividing up the good old USA to collect their debt.  Our smart elite even hijacked our labor to forigen countries and sold our internal labor to H1 B Visa Indian immigrants Robbing America of America labor to pay taxes, Social Security, and maintain a social welfare welfare system driving is deeper into debt.  One thing Donald J Trump knows  is that America cannot create wealth if it does not have the ability to change American raw material into a useful goods with American labor  inside the borders of the United States. Another eight years without jobs in United States we will be doomed to protect our borders.

red1chief's picture

You have a point, but I think it's just feeding the corrupt racket. 

hedge4Gain's picture

Of course it is corrupt the 1% or the elite truly don't give a rat's ass about the American population or their own offspring.  They have no loyalty to the American way of life the American government or the American Constitution and the Bill of Rights, just look at Bill and Hillary Clinton what awful excuses for Americans, they even raided Haiti's wealth after they were down and out when their country was pillaged buy a hurricane, what poor excuses of human beings.  However this is not rare for the elites to take advantage of tragedy or human trafficking, for example just look at Obama's use of human trafficking to change the demographics of the United States for voting advantages, just looked at all of death, rape and pillage of the poor humans that were enticed come to America on the Trail of Tears through Central America and you thought it couldn't happen again in America.

red1chief's picture

I'll just settle for the money couch, looks cool. The girl looks cool too, and I bet the money couch would attract them better than an expensive car.

J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock's picture

I have a patent on a fragrence for men that smells like money.

I thought it would be great for attracting the opposite sex ("nice legs, shame about the face" sort of thing).

But the downside is that it attracts all manner of moochers, gold diggers, grifters, and good for nothings of all genders, races and political colours.

It's one thing to be popular but quite another to have this lot sniffing your nether regions and following you down the street like rabid dogs.

Now I know what life must be like for banksters...but without the popularity


J. Peasemold Gruntfuttock

Md4's picture

All racked up in less than a hundred years.

And MOSLTY racked up within the last 20!

I recall a good tune from the eighties: "No Way Out" by Jefferson Starship...

Sword of Troy's picture

It's just an illusion. But really, we need 2NE1 Korean band of Four Horse-women (Cl, Bom, Dara, Mincy) to attack the Masonic Pyramid of this Rothschild-Rockefeller Federal Reserve bankrupt (empty) tank.

Cool visuals though.

oncemore's picture

SO what?

No gov. will save money, all of them will pile more and more debt. It is not their money, they could not care less.

fellatio is not fattening's picture

First, a huge kudos for correctly using the term "could not care less" secondly, there is absolutely no desire or inclination to pay off the debt, even if it were possible, it's just numbers and monopoly money to every President, until now, Trump actually knows what a billion is, can he pay down the debt, not even close, but he at least understands the premis.  Every country changes it's fiat currency with some regularity, I believe the US has used the same fiat currency longer than anyone else ever.  But it can't last forever

cowdiddly's picture

It's Ok, all the gold I have ever owned in my entire lifetime in all forms would not stack past my kneecap. But, it was kneegro economics that put the final nail in the coffin.

Stack away Buffet and Soros, you won't be outrunning those zeros much longer.

Fireman's picture

The Saudi Mercan IOU I$I$ "backed" petroscrip "currency reserve" toilet paper dollah is one wahhabi, takfiri, salafist head chop away from an imploding fecal filled Saudi sewer guaranteed to blow the chosen racer Wall St s#it pumpers in the USSAN Potemkin Village (idiot) "economy" to unleash the inevitable tsunami of toxic derivative filth guaranteed to wash US all away. What could go wrong, will!

ItsAllBollocks's picture

So just how many bullets did you get for that?

What an exceptionally stupid race you are...

moonmac's picture

Hormel No-Bean Chili is only 40% Soy Proteins. The Fed says inflation is still too low. It should be made with 75% Soy. If it was made with 100% Beef a can of Chili would cost $8. You don't want to pay that much do you?

The Fed has made sure for the last 100+ years that just about everything you purchase will be more expensive and cheaper quality. The Worker Bees are stuck paying for the massive Debt as our Money Manipulating Elitist Criminal Rulers continue to live like Rolalty off their hard work.

If it wasn't for the Fed everyone working full time would be saving money faster than they could spend it but all the Blood Sucking Parasite Banker's Money Skimming Schemes would cease to exist so we can never let that happen!

Panic Mode's picture

Just wait until we all go total cashless.

S Spade's picture

zero translation...

one billion is a thousand million

and one trillion is a million million