That’s $1,000,000,000,000, soon to be 2,000,000,000,000! Total U.S. debt is now over $11 trillion. This massive deficit is caused when the idiot liberals voracious spending exceeds revenues taken in by the Treasury.
The national debt is the total of what we owe ($11.4 trillion) as a nation to investors, mainly China. The deficit is the annual amount that is being added to the national debt.
Interest payments alone on the national debt is over $450 billion a year. This is nothing more than a gigantic Ponzi Scheme the libs are saddling us with.
I hope all of you morons who voted for that idiot Obama and the dimocrat’s hope and change bullshit feel good about yourselves and how you’ve totally screwed our country. I know you fools bought Obama’s bullshit hook, line, and sinker, and as a reward for your loyalty stupidity, your taxes will be going way up, also. 62 million idiots, one and all.
And we still have National Healthcare to pay for! God, please help us! If ever we needed it, it’s now.
WASHINGTON - The federal deficit has topped $1 trillion for the first time ever and could grow to nearly $2 trillion by this fall, intensifying fears about higher interest rates, inflation and the strength of the dollar.
The deficit has been widened by the huge sum the government has spent to ease the recession, combined with a sharp decline in tax revenues. The cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan also is a major factor.
The soaring deficit is making Chinese and other foreign buyers of U.S. debt nervous, which could make them reluctant lenders down the road. It could also force the Treasury Department to pay higher interest rates to make U.S. debt attractive longer-term.
“These are mind-boggling numbers,” said Sung Won Sohn, an economist at the Smith School of Business at California State University. “Our foreign investors from China and elsewhere are starting to have concerns about not only the value of the dollar but how safe their investments will be in the long run.”
The Treasury Department said Monday that the deficit in June totaled $94.3 billion, pushing the total since the budget year started in October to $1.09 trillion. The administration forecasts that the deficit for the entire year will hit $1.84 trillion in October.
Government spending is on the rise to address the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and an unemployment rate that has climbed to 9.5 percent.
Congress already approved a $700 billion financial bailout for banks, automakers and other sectors, and a $787 billion economic stimulus package to try to jump-start a recovery. Outlays through the first nine months of this budget year total $2.67 trillion, up 20.5 percent from the same period a year ago.
There is growing talk among some Obama administration officials that a second round of stimulus may eventually be necessary.
That has many Republicans and deficit hawks worried that the U.S. could be setting itself up for more financial pain down the road if interest rates and inflation surge. They also are raising alarms about additional spending the administration is proposing, including its plan to reform health care.
President Barack Obama and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner have said the U.S. is committed to bringing down the deficits once the economy and financial sector recover. The Obama administration has set a goal of cutting the deficit in half by the end of his first term in office.
In the meantime, the U.S. debt now stands at $11.5 trillion. Interest payments on the debt cost $452 billion last year – the largest federal spending category after Medicare-Medicaid, Social Security and defense.