Both China and Japan added a substantial amount of US Treasuries in September, according to the latest TIC-data released by the Federal Reserve on Monday. The total foreign holdings of US debt increased as well in September, ending a five-month selling spree of US debt. Compared to August, foreign countries added a net amount of $64,1 billion in US Treasuries to their reserves. The two largest buyers were China and Japan with net purchases of $25,7 and $29 billion respectively. [Read more...]
Did you know that the U.S. national debt has increased by more than a trillion dollars in just over 12 months? On September 30th, 2012 the U.S. national debt was sitting at $16,066,241,407,385.89. Today, it is up to $17,075,590,107,963.57. These numbers come directly from official U.S. government websites and can easily be verified. For a long time the national debt was stuck at just less than 16.7 trillion dollars because of the debt ceiling fight, but now that the debt ceiling crisis has been delayed for a few months the national debt is soaring once again. In fact, just one day after the deal in Congress was reached, the U.S. national debt rose by an astounding 328 billion dollars. In the blink of an eye we shattered the 17 trillion dollar mark with no end in sight. We are stealing about $100,000,000 from our children and our grandchildren every single hour of every single day. This goes on 24 hours a day, month after month, year after year without any interruption.
Over the past five years, the U.S. government has been on the greatest debt binge in history.
The U.S. national debt is now 37 times larger than it was 40 years ago, and we are on pace to accumulate more new debt under the 8 years of the Obama administration than we did under all of the other presidents in U.S. history combined.
Boston University Economics Professor Laurence Kotlikoff is worried about America’s dire financial situation. Dr. Kotlikoff says, “The situation is getting worse and worse and worse. We are running a massive six decade Ponzi scheme, and it’s coming to a real threatening point.” Dr.Kotlikoff calculates the real government deficit is enormous and it’s growing exponentially.
“It’s $222 trillion. Last year it was $211 trillion. We grew the deficit by $11 trillion in one year,” charges Dr. Kotlikoff. He also says, “We are actually in worse shape than any developed country. . . We are using accounting that would make Bernie Madoff blush.” Kotlikoff thinks the Federal Reserve could easily lose complete control of inflation and warns, “Ben Bernanke is playing with fire here because we could have a tripling of the price level.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with Economist Laurence Kotlikoff. [Read more...]
Rick Santelli: “We can’t afford our bills any more… $100 Trillion dollars of unfunded liability… The FED doesn’t have a clue.”
The only CNBC commentator who does have a clue, Rick Santelli, gave another epic rant this morning concerning the fiscal cliff, Federal debt and unfunded liabilities, and the Fed. Santelli, sounding like James Grant or Tyler Durden, stated the true fiscal cliff is the $100 Trillion in unfunded liabilities, and stated that The Fed doesn’t have a clue.
Santelli’s full rant below: [Read more...]
For over a year we have maintained here at SD that as the gov’t debt crisis accelerates and reaches the end game, the PIIGS will become F UK US PIIGS as France, the UK, and finally the US reach a solvency/ debt crisis on the same stage currently experienced by the southern European nations such as Greece.
Today’s Chart of the Day vividly drives this point home, as US per person debt is now an astonishing $53,378- a full 35% higher than that of Greece. [Read more...]