From aircraft carriers to debt carriers

From Mark Steyn’s column “Dependence Day” (emphasis mine):

According to the [Congressional Budget Office]’s 2010 long-term budget outlook, by 2020 the U.S. government will be paying between 15 and 20 percent of its revenues in debt interest—whereas defense spending will be down to between 14 and 16 percent. America will be spending more on debt interest than China, Britain, France, Russia, Japan, Germany, Saudi Arabia, India, Italy, South Korea, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Spain, Turkey, and Israel spend on their militaries combined. The superpower will have advanced from a nation of aircraft carriers to a nation of debt carriers.

Now I am not saying that high defense spending is always good – it all depends on how you are spending that money – but that’s another topic entirely. The fact that our debt, which as of this post is over $14 trillion (according to defeatthedebt.com and usdebtclock.org), is this high in my estimation poses a far greater threat to the United States security than al Qaeda and their Islamist allies.

To put it another way, our debt is more than the total economies of China, the United Kingdom, and Australia combined. I find this unacceptable, but does Washington? We shall see just how different this Congress is from the last one.

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 15:21 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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At the intersection of irresponsibility and treason

The IMF suggests our national debt will surpass 100% of our gross domestic product in 2015.

Also states that our debt began sharply increasing in 2006. Wasn’t that when our beloved Democrats took over both houses of Congress?

At some point we must begin to ask ourselves – what is treason? The federal government has done more damage to this country than if the Soviet Union had invaded during the Cold War. Now if we captured members of the Red Army, there would be military tribunals and they would be shot. I am NOT advocating such treatment for our elected officials, however, we should realize the gravity of the situation they have placed us in with their lust for power.

Is the destruction of our republic somehow more palatable if it is perpetrated by domestic enemies rather than foreign ones?

Posted on May 17, 2010 at 22:56 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Mountains of debt

I usually cover matters of national security, but it is all pointless if our own government destroys us economically. Chart from the Heritage Foundation.

Posted on May 14, 2010 at 23:04 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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National Debt by the numbers: What does 12 trillion mean?

On Friday afternoon with no media present, President Barack Obama signed a bill which raises our public debt from $12 .394 trillion to $14.294 trillion.

That is an incredible amount of money, but do Americans even grasp how much money $1 trillion (1,000,000,000,000) is, let alone more than 14 trillion?

A million seconds ago, it was only twelve days ago. But a trillion seconds ago – it was 29678 B.C.. Woolly mammoths still roamed the earth, and the Great Lakes won’t be formed for another 20,000 years. Scientists estimate that there aren’t even one trillion stars in our galaxy (only 200 to 400 billion). Lined up end to end, one trillion dollar bills would circle the earth an incredible 380 times.

But our debt has already surpassed $12 trillion. That’s 13 million tons of one-dollar bills. In order to haul off all that cash, you would need more than 100,000 semi trucks. If we laid $12 trillion one-dollar bills side-by-side and end-to-end, we could pave all U.S. highways, streets, and county roads more than twice.

The website Defeat the Debt provides figures like those that put debt levels in understandable perspectives.

If I spent $1 billion a day, it would take just under 34 years of spending to reach the level of our national debt. Yet our federal government takes in trillions of dollars in revenue each year, and they still managed to run up a deficit this massive.

Our national debt wasn’t always so spectacular: only in 1982 did government break the $1 trillion mark. By 1990, the debt was $3.2 trillion. By 2000, it was $5.6. On Sept. 30, 2008, White House documents show that our public debt was $9.9 trillion. But in a matter of just a few months under the Obama administration, our debt has climbed by three trillion dollars. Bear in mind that it took over 200 years for the U.S. to accumulate one trillion dollars of debt. During that time we paid for one revolution, the Louisiana Purchase, a civil war, two world wars, the Great Depression, the Marshall Plan, numerous other conflicts, the space program, and so on. But in a matter of months, our federal government – despite trillions of dollars in tax revenue each year – has accumulated almost three trillion more?

And all of this money being spent by government will have to be paid back by the American taxpayer. According to USDebtClock.org, as this column went to press, the current share for each taxpayer was over $113,000. The bill signed on Friday by Obama states that any new spending must be paid for either through spending cuts or tax hikes. And which do you think the Obama administration and Congress will choose?

Our society simply cannot endure federal spending of this magnitude. Rather than argue over which political party or administration is to blame, we must work together to reverse this trend immediately, before it’s too late.

[Originally published at The US Report]

Posted on February 15, 2010 at 09:49 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Just how much is a trillion?

As I write this, the U.S. national debt is 12,385,926,000 and counting. And when watching the debt clock, the millions digit goes about as fast as the dollar when you are pumping gas.

So in order to understand how much a trillion actually is – let alone 12 trillion – let’s put this into perspective.

Having done all the calculations myself, I then came across DefeatTheDebt.com, an amazing website that had apparently already done all the work far better than I could. And for my fellow critical thinkers, you can even verify their findings.

But it took from George Washington to Ronald Reagan before our debt reached $1 trillion. Now it’s over $12. Our society won’t last long if our politicians keep spending money that we don’t really have.

Of all the incredible things they put up, what really gets me is that if I spent $10 million dollars a DAY, it would still take me 273 YEARS to spend one trillion dollars. And that’s without a few trillion dollars of revenue coming in each year. Knowing that, how in the hell has Congress managed to spend $12 trillion dollars more than what taxpayers already give them???

Posted on February 9, 2010 at 10:14 by Chris Carter · Permalink · Leave a comment
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