Obama To Ask For Debt Ceiling Increase In "Matter Of Days"

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Not even an hour after we asked the question, The Hill gives us the answer: "The Obama administration will be asking Congress to raise the debt limit in the coming days, White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Tuesday. "I'm confident it will be executed in a matter of days, not weeks," he told reporters. The notification by the administration — which had been scheduled for last month — was delayed because Congress has been holding only pro forma sessions. The White House will be asking Congress to raise the U.S. borrowing limit by $1.2 trillion. The move would mark the third and final increase from the debt-ceiling deal reached last year by Congress." Of course, the optics of yet another debt-ceiling increase, even a preapproved one, are simply horrible during campaign season. But such is life. Here is the kicker though: the US has preapproval for $1.2 trillion in debt issuance, as per the August 2011 agreement. So far so good. The problem is that since then the US has issued $900 billion in debt in five short months! In other words, somehow the remaining buffer of just $300 billion, or a final debt ceiling of $15.5 trillion, is supposed to last the US until after the presidential election, because this topic flaring up just before Obama is due to hit the debate circuit will be reelection suicide. So our question is: how will the US, which has a gross debt issuance rate of over $100 billion per month on average, last for a year with just $300 billion in dry powder? And even if the $1.2 trillion count begins from the new request, it still means the new debt ceiling will be breached some time in August/September, as we expected last year when we did the calculation assuming a $180 billion gross issuance per month ($900 billion in 5 months). We can't wait to hear the OMB's explanation.

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Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:22 | 2051254 Irish66
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He has got to stop reading Zero Hedge.  Hi Mr. Obama

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:25 | 2051266 johnu78
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Obama is making the whole world turn into sh*t!!!



Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:33 | 2051316 Comay Mierda
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they monitor this site closely.  it is a "terrorist" site by their standards.  thought this was interesting too: "True Patriots" are the new terrorist group in Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six game.


 Why do you think all the pre-conditioning is happening?  Welcome to the new Amerika.  Boycott this piece of shit game

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:38 | 2051339 Obummer
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Ladies and gentlemen, fellow Americans, good citizens of the world. Today I would like to talk to you about our Federal debt ceiling.  As you may have heard in some of the unauthorized (yet closely monitored) press, we are once again targeting the debt ceiling ahead of our original schedule.  This, of course, is good news for the American people.

With our economy now fully out of recession we cannot afford to take a single step backward.  This is why even in the face of massive deleveraging in the financial markets we have continued to improve our government programs and keep America on track, with government filling the role it was designed to fill; helping the American people.  We are Americans helping Americans win the future.  And targeting and exceeding our goals with the debt ceiling is a vital part of this role.

You may hear some say that debt is damaging the economy, that the debt ceiling should not be targeted for additional enhancements.  Let me be clear; the debt ceiling target will be met, and it will be exceeded.  We will succeed in this.  As long as I am President I will make sure that we succeed in this.  Those who fight us will be brought to justice, and we will once again have prosperity in all of this great land.

Thank you, good night, and God bless America.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:51 | 2051407 Manthong
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No problema..

Since he used the last increase to pay back the $.25 Trillion he drained from the Federal Employees Retirement System when the country was last going bust, he will have all of that money to use again in an emergency.   Oh, wait..

Well, he has the surplus from the Social Security System to tap then  Oh, wait..

OK,  the Postal Service retirement suplus?   That doesn't exist either?

Well, where the heck is a pile of money he can use next?

He's got all the government retiree's money now.

There are no more excess retirement funds left for them to grab now, is there? 

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:15 | 2051514 YBNguy
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Whats the point of having a debt 'ceiling' again?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:32 | 2051570 Born Patriot
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I'm SICK AND TIRED of this unamerican Muslim president ruining this great country. It's become clear that multiculturalism has FAILED, and the only person willing to preserve American culture is RON PAUL.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:05 | 2051671 Campagnolo
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shut up redneck!

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 18:16 | 2051950 Urban Redneck
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You called?  Or are you shrieking at the shrub?

There's a reason we fight for the freedom of speech, even if propagandists use that freedom to smear their opponents through false association.  His name should be changed, though, since he has about as much to with Patriotism as he does Ron Paul.


First they came for the terrorists, and I did not speak out—

because I worshipped a different God;


Then they came for the debtors, and I did not speak out—

because I owed no one;


Then they came for the elderly, and I did not speak out—

because I received no Social Security;


Then they came for the sick, and I did not speak out—

because I needed no medication;


Then they came for the starving, and I did not speak out—

because I had no hunger for SNAP;


Then they came for the defenseless, and I did not speak out—

because I had guns;


Then they came for me--
and there was no one left to speak out for me.


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:32 | 2054483 StychoKiller
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Hopefully, your buddies, Smith and Wesson, spoke on your behalf...

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:32 | 2051774 karzai_luver
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It eats the peas or it gets the drones, southern bitchez!

Who cares if the clown is a Muslim, what they can't be prez or something?

We have had every other flavor of the month, why not!


Wed, 01/11/2012 - 06:54 | 2053762 Element
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I'm SICK AND TIRED of this unamerican Muslim president ruining this great country.


I've never seen a scrap of evidence that suggests Obama is, or ever has been, a mooslem.  There are so many real reasons to pound that bitch, with mountains of genuine evidence, so why would you bother concocting obviously false baloney about him?  Can't you just attack the shit out of him for the real stuff he's done? (and yes, we've all seen the faked birth certificate, so spare us that)

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:13 | 2051678 HoofHearted
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So that we can watch that video of the kid on South Park depositing the $100 check (it really should be a $1.2 trillion check) and hearing, "And poof.....it's gone."

Or so that we can watch that video of the guy asking for his own debt ceiling raise and then foisting the paperwork on his daughter.

That shit always makes me laugh. Both of them. Feel free to add stuff, like the video of the bears discussing QE....

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:12 | 2051706 MiguelitoRaton
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Upon reading this post...Obama sends black helicopters, complete with tazers, hoods and plsticuffs to Zerohedge offices...be careful out there guys.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:45 | 2051341 nope-1004
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Wash, rinse, repeat.

Without debt, the current system collapses.  This failed monetary experiment we are living in and calling an "economy" is nothing more than a charade.  Sucks if you've got a conscience and don't believe financing your future is how you get ahead.  But hey...  who am I to step on the American Dream?

 So exactly why is there a debt ceiling again?  Does it serve a purpose?


Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:34 | 2051319 Pladizow
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Whats the over/under on when Washington will get rid of the debt ceiling altogether?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:45 | 2051381 therearetoomany...
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it may be obama who will 'have to do something, because congress isn't doing anything'


"- there ain't no constitution - only what I say"   Broke Obumbler

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:09 | 2051490 pupton
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My exact thought.  I'd say the odds are better than 50-50 that at some point (who knows when) they will either extend a literal blank check/unlimited ceiling/abolish the ceiling, or they will choose to ignore it completely. 

If a dollar collapse comes, and the interest rates skyrocket, and all of a sudden borrowing has to triple or more in a year, I would expect that the ceiling would have to be raised in 10-20Trillion increments, at which point you might as well through in the towel and admint defeat.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 20:10 | 2052329 Cruel Aid
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Semantics, keep raising or write a 'who are we kidding'/paygo bill. Aren't we there?

Wed, 01/11/2012 - 11:36 | 2054508 StychoKiller
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Who knows? Physicists tell us light does not escape once the event horizon of a black hole is crossed.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:26 | 2051269 Sudden Debt
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You just know you're going to be cut off if you don't stick to the script now do you? It get good around min. 2

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:43 | 2051368 financial apoca...
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holy shit sudden debt +100

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:57 | 2051445 GenXer
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That's some Orwellian 'Ministry of Truth' shit right there.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:01 | 2051459 iDealMeat
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I logged in to +1 you..   just awesome..


Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:08 | 2051689 BeansBulletsBandaids
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same here. incredible.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:19 | 2051530 GoinFawr
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Keep those 'public service announcements' coming SD.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:04 | 2051667 Manthong
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Wolf Shitzer and Crap News Network defecates on freedom of speech.. priceless.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:35 | 2051787 karzai_luver
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speech is money and money ain't free , well not exactly......yet.

You get the "best" speech and just us , by the way that money can buy.



Tue, 01/10/2012 - 19:02 | 2052084 CaptainObvious
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+1 I normally avoid youtube like a politician avoids the truth but I had to see this.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 19:42 | 2052217 John_Coltrane
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That's exactly what people who value freedom and support RP are up against.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:17 | 2051721 I Got Worms
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Show some respect to the office. I think you meant, "Hi, President Soetero."

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 22:47 | 2052937 Buck Johnson
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300 billion and 1 year left, no way that will last.  And another debt increase, we already see inflation hitting the economy and what now.  We may see hyperstagflation happen in the US pretty soon.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:23 | 2051256 taniquetil
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Didn't we just raise the borrowing limit by $1.2 trillion last year? Where is all this money going? Is it being burned to keep the White House warm?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:29 | 2051289 Irish66
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It was suppose to last until 2013, no?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:32 | 2051306 Pladizow
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The more important question is where is it coming from!

This is the answer that could help awaken the sheeple!

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:37 | 2051335 Fidel Sarcastro
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From Benocide Bermonkey

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:05 | 2051473 Whoa Dammit
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If you really want to wake the sheeple, tell them the debt, before interest, is growing at about $300 per month per person. Then ask them what their family could have done with that money instead.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:36 | 2051793 karzai_luver
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no, that was a joke , any who looked at the run rate could see that was not in the ballpark.


Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:30 | 2051295 Sudden Debt
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You know.... Stuff....

So if they would raise the debt hurdle with 5 trillion more, they might even double that income!

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:35 | 2051322 Conrad Murray
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Have you seen the First Cow? She probably eats $50 billion per month in KFC and Ding Dongs. Not to mention having to secure vials of blood for their secret parties.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:39 | 2051347 j0nx
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"Let dem bitches eat cake" - Michelle Obama with regard to the American people.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:43 | 2051367 Conrad Murray
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And let's not be silly here. O'Dumbo wants this fight right before election time. Let those cake-eating-hoes-on-the-dole go a week or three without dey food SNAPs cards because of the nigger-hatin Republicans refusing to up the sugar-daddy limit.

Yalls be finna elect dat WHITE BOY who bees talksin bout takin yo reparation biscuits?

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:53 | 2051421 GOSPLAN HERO
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Dead Dems be votin' like fo (4) mutha fuckas on election day.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:57 | 2051444 GeneMarchbanks
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What you call the 'gimme dats' are the pervasive view point of what is left of the cesspool land area between hockey and gorditas. From the Dimons to the SNAPs collectors and all inbetween. Only an unbelievable shift in consciousness and philosophical outlook could help rejoin the US to rest of the globe. Maybe. Atonement cometh.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 19:47 | 2052238 John_Coltrane
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During the Rodney King riots a reporter asked a rioter what they wanted.  The answer:

"access to the dollar".  Apparently the concept of work escapes them. 

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:36 | 2051330 Yen Cross
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 To the Treasury > Fed.> ECB> ...

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 15:55 | 2051434 GoinFawr
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...XAU? Just kidding. There's that 200 day MA thing again...damn you're good.

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 16:58 | 2051643 youngman
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Alice in Wonderland parties....dontca know...and Hawaii vacations...that Mrs Obama can eat....alot

Tue, 01/10/2012 - 17:13 | 2051708 blunderdog
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Where is all this money going?

SocSec, Medicare, the military.

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