At the moment I accessed the U.S. national debt clock, our public debt was listed at $15,689,952 trillion (as of 3:33 pm PST, April 27).
The most current figure I could find for the U.S. GDP as expressed in dollars was $15,609,697 trillion (International Monetary Fund).
And … we’re officially Greece, thank you very much. Because that gives us a debt-to-GDP ratio of 100.5% by my calculation based on those figures.
Tyler Durden has a slightly different figure (100.8%) which is clearly based on slightly different figures. The numbers are exploding upward so damn fast no human being can keep track of them, anyway:
Big GDP Miss: 2.2% Vs Expectations Of 2.5%, Composition Even Uglier
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/27/2012 08:41 -0400
So much for the +3.0% GDP whisper number. Instead of printing at the expected number of +2.5%, the first preliminary GDP data point (two more revisions pending) came out at 2.2%, a big disappointment for a quarter which had a substantial boost from the weather. And while of the 2.2%, Personal Consumption came in strong – as expected, as it was precisely the factor most impacted by pulling in demand forward courtesy of “April in February”, 0.59% of the 2.2% was an increase in inventories, something which was not supposed to happen as it means that the quality of the economic growth in Q1 was far worse than expected. Cementing the ugly composition of Q1 GDP was fixed investment which added just a paltry 0.18% – this is the number which is critical for ongoing cashflow generation and unfortunately, the very low print means that growth outlook for Q2 is now even worse than before and we expect economists will promptly trim their already bearish predictions for Q2 GDP. Finally, government “consumption” subtracted just 0.6% from the total number, a decrease from the 0.84% in Q4, which means that once again the government is starting to become less of a detractor to growth – a dagger in the heart to anyone who claims there is “quality” in GDP growth. And the number you have all been waiting for: At March 31, US Debt/GDP was 100.8%.
Now, the fact that our debt-to-GDP ratio now exceeds 100 percent is bad, really, really bad. But it’s actually an awful lot worse: because as this quarter’s economic report shows we are adding debt at such a massive level compared to our GDP that it isn’t even funny.
Durden also has a chart that shows just how vast is the Obamanomics discrepancy between massive government spending and meager GDP based on the numbers from the latest GDP report out April 27 (see it put into quick perspective here):
That’s right: the great big giant red bar is Obama’s spending. The tiny little blue bar is our gross national product. Obama is foolishly spending massively to give us next to nothing by way of return.
Let me describe this with a picture: the great big giant sumo wrestler is Obama’s spending and the debt it is generating; the little tiny kid is Obama’s economic performance:
Who do you think is going to win (I know liberals will say that Obama is lean and wiry and he’ll take the giant out with his lofty rhetoric)???
Obama is taking the American people $2.52 deeper into debt so he can boast about the dollar he “gained” for us.
And that super-massive 252 percent discrepancy between Obama’s spending and Obama’s GDP guarantees that America is on it’s way to a quick collapse. You’ve simply got to be demon possessed to believe that this is sustainable (which is why I now understand that “Democrat Party” is shorthand for “Demonic Bureaucrat Party”).
Here’s another chart which essentially measures the rate of our spending that gets really, truly frightening when you consider its implications:
Remember how Obama viciously demonized George Bush over his debt ceiling increase? Only to himself push through the three highest debt ceiling increases in the entire history of the human race?
What is frightening is that everybody agrees that Bush’s spending was insane. If you put an angle measure up to that chart, you will see that the angle during the Bush presidency increases at a 50 degree slope. Democrats demonized Bush for his spending and conservatives agreed that it was beyond crazy. But now do the same thing to Obama’s spending: and Oh my God it is at 80 degrees. Ninety degrees is straight up. WE ARE ALMOST HEADING STRAIGHT UP to a very explosive ending followed by a very long descent into the fish food genre.
The level and extent of Obama’s failure is simply staggering. We are going to die. And it’s going to be a very painful death at that.
And the only possible way to at least prolong that coming agony is to get this disgrace out of our damn White House. Because next term he’s going to kill us.
If it wasn’t so pathetic, it would actually be kind of funny. If this was Russia or China or Iran or North Korea, I would be laughing my ass of at these numbers. But it’s us – and it is our enemies who are laughing their asses off at our expense.