Thursday, August 4, 2011

U.S. Eats Up Most of Debt Limit in One Day

US Debt increased by $239 Billion on Tuesday.
Who is going to PURCHASE $3 Trillion in Treasuries over the next year? 
The Fed. Period.
GLOBAL QE 3 is here.
QE to Infinity...AND BEYOND!!

By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
5:05 p.m., Wednesday, August 3, 2011

U.S. debt shot up $239 billion on Tuesday the largest one-day bump in history — as the government flexed the new borrowing room it earned in this week’s debt-limit increase deal.
The debt subject to the statutory limit shot way past the old cap of $14.294 trillion to hit $14.532 trillion on Tuesday, according to the latest the Treasury Department figures, which are released on the next business day.
That increase puts the government already remarkably close to the new debt limit of $14.694, which means one day’s new borrowing ate up 60 percent of the $400 billion in space Congress granted the president this week.

Debt numbers go up and down regularly, depending on what the Treasury Department is redeeming or issuing on any day, but have been on a steep upward trend for the past decade as spending has ballooned and revenues have fluctuated.
For the past 2½ months, though, the number essentially was frozen as the government was poised to reach the borrowing limit set by law. TheTreasury Department used extraordinary means to stall, but was about to run out of room on Tuesday.
With little time to spare, Congress and the White House managed to cobble together a deal to grant new borrowing authority: an initial increase of $400 billion, coupled with future increases.
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