Saturday, August 08, 2009

$12.1 Trillion Debt Is Not Enough

$12.1 trillion of US debt is not enough. Not for the long term. Not even for the short term--say the next three months.

Reuters reports that U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner has asked Congress to raise the $12.1 trillion debt limit which was increased by Congress earlier this year. But that raise was not enough.
"Treasury officials earlier this week said that the debt limit, last raised in February when the $787 billion economic stimulus legislation was passed, would be hit sometime in the October-December quarter. Geithner's letter said the breach could be two weeks into that period, just as the 2010 fiscal year is getting underway.

"The latest request comes as the Treasury is ramping up borrowing to unprecedented levels to fund stimulus and financial bailout programs and cope with a deep recession that has devastated tax revenues.

"It is expected to issue net new debt of as much as $2 trillion in the 2009 fiscal year ended September 30 and up to $1.6 trillion in the 2010 fiscal year, according to bond dealer forecasts."


Anonymous said...

it's never enough for those people!

T. D. said...

And the salt in the wound is that apparently huge amounts more will be needed every six months or so.