This United States National Debt Graph Is Surging


The following stunning graph of the United States national debt (since 1950) reveals not only the surge in debt since Nixon canceled the direct convertibility of the United States dollar to gold in 1971, but it shows in horrifying detail how the situation has proceeded to get much much worse since the 2008 meltdown as the nation’s dollar debt soars up the steep incline of what looks like an exponential curve…







Debt as of this post, 2014-APR

9/30/2013 $16,971,773,150,089*
9/30/2012 $16,066,241,407,386
9/30/2011 $14,790,340,328,557
9/30/2010 $13,561,623,030,892
9/30/2009 $11,909,829,003,512
9/30/2008 $10,024,724,896,912
9/30/2007 $9,007,653,372,262
9/30/2006 $8,506,973,899,215
9/30/2005 $7,932,709,661,724
9/30/2004 $7,379,052,696,330
9/30/2003 $6,783,231,062,744
9/30/2002 $6,228,235,965,597
9/30/2001 $5,807,463,412,200
9/30/2000 $5,674,178,209,887
9/30/1999 $5,656,270,901,615
9/30/1998 $5,526,193,008,898
9/30/1997 $5,413,146,011,397
9/30/1996 $5,224,810,939,136
9/29/1995 $4,973,982,900,709
9/30/1994 $4,692,749,910,013
9/30/1993 $4,411,488,883,139
9/30/1992 $4,064,620,655,522
9/30/1991 $3,665,303,351,697
9/28/1990 $3,233,313,451,777
9/29/1989 $2,857,430,960,187
9/30/1988 $2,602,337,712,041
9/30/1987 $2,350,276,890,953
9/30/1986 $2,125,302,616,658
9/30/1985 $1,823,103,000,000
9/30/1984 $1,572,266,000,000
9/30/1983 $1,377,210,000,000
9/30/1982 $1,142,034,000,000
9/30/1981 $997,855,000,000
9/30/1980 $907,701,000,000
9/30/1979 $826,519,000,000
9/30/1978 $771,544,000,000
9/30/1977 $698,840,000,000
6/30/1976 $620,433,000,000
6/30/1975 $533,189,000,000
6/30/1974 $475,059,815,732
6/30/1973 $458,141,605,312
6/30/1972 $427,260,460,941
6/30/1971 $398,129,744,456
6/30/1970 $370,918,706,950
6/30/1969 $353,720,253,841
6/30/1968 $347,578,406,426
6/30/1967 $326,220,937,795
6/30/1966 $319,907,087,795
6/30/1965 $317,273,898,984
6/30/1964 $311,712,899,257
6/30/1963 $305,859,632,996
6/30/1962 $298,200,822,721
6/30/1961 $288,970,938,610
6/30/1960 $286,330,760,848
6/30/1959 $284,705,907,078
6/30/1958 $276,343,217,746
6/30/1957 $270,527,171,896
6/30/1956 $272,750,813,649
6/30/1955 $274,374,222,803
6/30/1954 $271,259,599,108
6/30/1953 $266,071,061,639
6/30/1952 $259,105,178,785
6/29/1951 $255,221,976,815
6/30/1950 $257,357,352,351

* 2013 debt extrapolated from known present debt (2014-APR) and known debt from 2012-SEP.

Observation: The overall accumulated debt is staggering, especially the acceleration of debt in reference to the span of time. There are other ways to visualize our national debt (in relation to GDP, or other references), however looking at the plain dollar amount is ‘telling’ in its own simple way.

The United States Debt Meltdown, And The Coming Dollar Collapse


  1. Too cool. Wait until ZIRP is history, say up it to 3%-5%. That will be all she wrote (or all she printed in Yellen’s case). Let the games begin.

    Of course this is all really rather abstract. The mounting bad news out of Fukushima and WIPP are the real story.

      1. Zero Interest Rate Policy. The Feds been running it for years. The Too Big To Jail banksters can borrow at the Feds discount window for 0% interest. Also allows the criminals in CONgress to borrow money for free. If, however, the interest rate climbs to 3% or above, well, figure defense, SS, or medicare will have to go. Bad for savers, good for elected scum.

        1. Where do I sign up for this sweetheart deal? Not being greedy, but a few hundred million payable in a few hundred years would work for me. Might even vote for the asshole. Probably not.

        2. Apply online with JP Morgan, Goldman Sucks, BOA, Citi, Wells Fargo or any of the Primary Dealers.

          BTW, the debts shown above do not include the $4+ trillion “monetized” by the Fed. Some think the actual amount exceeds $23 trillion. I guess it just depends on which set of books one looks at.

  2. GS has current annual GDP predicted at 1% (down from 3% 6 months ago). GDP is a joke statistic tho. They just arbitrarily raised it last year by $500 billion (or 1%) assuming there is that much value in good ideas yet realized. LOL. They have also been changing inflation formulas since 1980. If inflation was figured by that 1980 standard today it would be about 14%. If you don’t eat or use transportation it is low.
    They have also suspended GAAP and FASB 157 in 08′ so the banks could value their holding at whatever they wished and companies can declare revenue when there was none.

    Bottom line, believe NO numbers released by the gubmint or the corpotacracy.
    One must perform their own due diligence.

  3. Might work, however, you will need a Central Park penthouse apartment ($10-$120 million) and a weekend home in the Hamptons. Oh, and no morals, values or conscience.

  4. The graph presented is an exponential growth curve. All exponential growth curves approach infinity and collapse. What this means is that the debt will not be paid. The only question is how the default will play out. Will they simply say they are sorry, but they cannot pay and walk away, or will they try to print worthless pieces of paper (dollars) to substitute for the worthless bills, notes, and bonds that can’t be paid. Either way, their creditors are screwed.

    If you start with 1900 debt and calculate what rate of compound growth causes the debt to reach the $17 trillion shown in 2013, that rate is 8.295%. If you start instead with 1964 debt levels, when silver was pulled out of circulation as money, the rate of growth to reach the $17 trillion is not much different at 8.560%. But if you start with the debt levels in 2007 that same calculation shows a 12.265% rate of growth. The reason 2007 is significant is that it was the beginning of the current economic disaster.

    Once you have a rate of growth to work with, you can calculate theoretically where the debt levels will be at a certain point in the future.

    Depending on which of the three rates referred to above, the debt in 2025 will be either $45.3 trillion, $46.7 trillion, or $72.3 trillion.

    Depending on which of the three rates referred to above, the debt in 2035 will be either $100.4 trillion, $106.2 trillion, or $229.9 trillion.

    Of course calculating where we will be in the future is fairly meaningless since the current $17 trillion can’t even be paid and they keep borrowing more to pay the interest. And these numbers completely ignore the unfunded off the books promises (debts) they have made for government pensions, Social Security, and Medicare for which they don’t and won’t have the money to pay. The unfunded, off the books debts, eclipse the bonded debts.

    If you are counting on the federal government to pay you what they have promised, you will be disappointed. I don’t think the federal government will even survive the financial debacle they are creating. It is a matter of when, not if. How long they can keep the shell game going is anyone’s guess.

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