Mark Alexander / Apr. 16, 2021

The National Debt Clock: A Ticking Time Bomb

Does anyone actually care?

At the moment, our national debt exceeds $28 TRILLION — about 80% held as public debt and the rest as intragovernmental debt. That is $225,000 per taxpayer. Federal annual spending this year is almost $8 trillion, and more than half of that is deficit spending — piling on the national debt.

If that sounds like a big number, it isn’t the real number. Fact is, the total debt, including unfunded debt (Medicare, Medicaid, pensions, and the 600-pound Social Security gorilla), is estimated at more than $132 TRILLION, or about $850,000 per taxpayer.

Now do you feel better about the mere $28 trillion national debt?

For the record, the last time U.S. debt was completely paid up was in 1835, when President Andrew Jackson insisted the entire debt be paid. Joe Biden has promised to get Jackson off the $20 bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman, one of my personal historic heroes. I would suggest replacing the penny’s embossment of that racist Abe Lincoln with Jackson’s profile, because a penny is about the buying power that a Jackson $20 bill is going to have if somebody does not say, “Enough.”

But does anybody really care?

Bolstering the economy against the devastating impact of the ChiCom Virus pandemic raised our national debt by almost 30%. The great irony, of course, is that China created the virus, which may have been intentionally released, and the biggest beneficiary of the impact on the rest of the world was Red China. (Oh, and another irony: The second-largest foreign holder of U.S. debt is … Red China.)

The good news at the moment is that the U.S. economy is resilient and robust and recovering, and there is a bigger surge in pent-up, post-pandemic economic activity coming.

That is precisely why Biden’s $2 trillion so-called “infrastructure plan,” 95% of which is funding leftist political agenda wish lists, should end up on a legislative trash heap. (Spoiler alert: It won’t.) Of course, that’s just Part 1 of Biden’s big spending bonanza. Part 2 will be another $2 trillion plan coming soon.

For years, I have argued that the only way to reduce the national debt in real dollars is to deflate the cost of that debt by way of inflation. Is that the big macro-economic plan? Assuming economics is an actual “science,” maybe.

But here is what I can tell you, and you can take this to the bank. As soon as the Biden/Harris regime was inaugurated, the inflation warning bells started ringing. It turns out that debt accumulation does matter.

The Consumer Price Index, a cross-section measure of inflation on consumer products, rose 0.6% in March — much higher than expected and the biggest jump since August 2012. But the CPI has some big holes in what it measures, and the real CPI is higher. The immediate impact is being felt in bigger grocery bills.

Of course, Biden’s plan to “tax businesses” is a consumer tax that will also show up in consumer goods and services.

I have personally noted an increase in the incidence of concealing inflation, as producers are putting less product in the same size packaging.

Likewise, the Producer Price Index, prices paid for services and materials by businesses, also surged higher than expected by “the experts.” (If you’re a visual learner, check out these graphics.)

At the moment, a greater peril and more imminent threat to the U.S. is the dramatic increase in Chinese and Russian aggression globally — the direct result of replacing Donald Trump with President Post Turtle. But inflation, Jimmy Carter style, is on our near horizon.

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