How much does the U.S government owe?
This graphic tries to give you an indication of how big it is. However, since this graphic (which says March 2012) appeared, debt has hit $15.518 trillion – $100 billion more than this.
But, as they say, wait, there’s more! as related in ZeroHedge blog:
A few days ago we noted that based on preliminary data, the February budget deficit would hit $229 billion (yes, nearly one quarter of a trillion in one month, about where real Greek GDP is these days) – the largest single monthly deficit in history. Unfortunately, this number was low: the final February deficit was just released and the actual print is $231.7 billion. It also means that in the first 5 months of the fiscal year, the US has raked up $580 billion in deficits. And that in itself would not be horrible – February is traditionally the worst month for deficits as the Treasury sees a surge in tax refund issuance – if it wasn’t for something even more troubling… Through last Friday, and net of tax refunds, total US tax revenues were actually lower in the fiscal 2012 year to date period than compared to 2011, by just under $2 billion, at $625.5 billion. Which is the weakest link for any argument that the US is actually growing: what is growing is America’s debt (now almost exponentially), while its revenues are at best unchanged.