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Get A Rare Look Inside The Actual U.S. Treasury Auction Room - Where The $14T National Debt Goes For Love

Video:  CBS Evening News special report...

Solid clip that includes debt and deficit totals for every president since Reagan.


From CBS - Debt and Deficits

The Treasury Auction room is the control center for government borrowing.  CBS News Senior Business Correspondent Anthony Mason has been one of a few outsiders ever allowed inside.

"That room is essentially the American credit card machine.  It's basically selling treasury bills, basically IOUs that we use to pay off the money that we are borrowing," Mason says.  "I found that room kind of spooky.  If we can't issue those IOU's - which keeps the government running on a day-to-day basis - then we can't run the country anymore.  We don't have the money."

In the 1983 State of the Union speech, President Ronald Reagan said, "the deficit problem is a clear and present danger to the basic health of our republic."  At that point the deficit was $207 billion.  The national debt was $1.4 trillion.

The government will collect $2.3 trillion in taxes this year. That's well short of the $3.6 trillion it will spend. Fifty-five percent of that spending will go to mandatory expenses like social security, Medicare and Medicaid; 43 percent is called discretionary spending. That's money Congress controls and allocates to more than two dozen government departments. Two percent of the budget goes to Congressional pet-projects or earmarks.

"This government is too big and spends too much," President Bush said at the 1992 State of the Union address. At that time the deficit was $290 billion. The national debt was $4 trillion.

In the 1995 State of the Union address, President Clinton said, "Should we cut the deficit more? Well, of course we should. Of course we should." The deficit was $164 billion then, with the national debt at $4.9 trillion.

"Together we can restrain the spending appetite of the federal government, and we can balance the federal budget," President George W. Bush said in his 2007 State of the Union Address. The deficit was $160 billion at that point, with the national debt running at $8.9 trillion.

"We will work within a budget to invest in what we need and sacrifice what we don't," President Obama said in his 2010 State of the Union Address. The deficit is now $1.5 trillion, and the national debt is $13.8 trillion.

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The horrible truth starts to dawn on Europe's leaders


The entire European Project is now at risk of disintegration, with strategic and economic consequences that are very hard to predict.

In a speech this morning, EU President Herman Van Rompuy (poet, and writer of Japanese and Latin verse) warned that if Europe’s leaders mishandle the current crisis and allow the eurozone to break up, they will destroy the European Union itself.
Nov 19, 2010 at 12:53 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Ambrose Evans-Pritchard

Europe stumbles blindly towards its 1931 moment

It is the European Central Bank that should be printing money on a mass scale to purchase government debt, not the US Federal Reserve.

Nov 19, 2010 at 12:57 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Greek rescue frays as Irish crisis drags on


The eurozone bail-out for Greece has begun to unravel after Austria suspended aid contributions over failure to comply with the rescue terms, and Germany warned Athens that its patience was running out.

The clash caught markets off-guard and heightened fears that Europe's debt crisis may be escalating, with deep confusion over the Irish crisis as Dublin continues to resist EU pressure to request its own rescue.

Olli Rehn, the EU economics commissioner, said escalating rhetoric in Europe was turning dangerous. "I want to call on every responsible European to resist the centrifugal tendencies and existential alarmism."
Nov 19, 2010 at 12:58 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Don't worry, the IMF will step in with a brand new printing press, and all salvation will cost is the price of your soul...

They create the problem, to make "their" solution palatable. Enter Global slavery stage right.

Wait til all those fraudulent bundled mortgages with false AAA ratings start collapsing pensions and 401K's that bought them up eagerly, and their third world dream for America will be complete.
Nov 19, 2010 at 1:49 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Debt to who? Who do we owe any money? We have the power to CREATE our OWN money. Why do we have to be DEBT SLAVES to international bankers?

Dec 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterHadEnoughYet?
Dec 15, 2010 at 9:06 AM | HadEnoughYet?

Watch The Obama Deception, that will get ya goin in the right direction............... type in Gary Franchie, his now pass'ed friend Arron R. did a great piece on this very topic......... Tex !
Jan 12, 2011 at 11:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
" Those who live by the DOLLAR will VANISH with the DOLLAR"
Jul 25, 2011 at 5:11 PM | Unregistered CommenterFalesteeni

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