$21,714 For Every Man, Woman And Child In The World – This Global Debt Bomb Is Ready To Explode

Debt Bomb Globe - Public DomainAccording to the International Monetary Fund, global debt has grown to a staggering grand total of 152 trillion dollars.  Other estimates put that figure closer to 200 trillion dollars, but for the purposes of this article let’s use the more conservative number.  If you take 152 trillion dollars and divide it by the seven billion people living on the planet, you get $21,714, which would be the share of that debt for every man, woman and child in the world if it was divided up equally.

So if you have a family of four, your family’s share of the global debt load would be $86,856.

Very few families could write a check for that amount today, and we also must remember that we live in some of the wealthiest areas on the globe.  Considering the fact that more than 3 billion people around the world live on two dollars a day or less, the truth is that about half the planet would not be capable of contributing toward the repayment of our 152 trillion dollar debt at all.  So they should probably be excluded from these calculations entirely, and that would mean that your family’s share of the debt would ultimately be far, far higher.

Of course global debt repayment will never actually be apportioned by family.  The reason why I am sharing this example is to show you that it is literally impossible for all of this debt to ever be repaid.

We are living during the greatest debt bubble in the history of the world, and our financial engineers have got to keep figuring out ways to keep it growing much faster than global GDP because if it ever stops growing it will burst and destroy the entire global financial system.

Bill Gross, one of the most highly respected financial minds on the entire planet, recently observed that “our highly levered financial system is like a truckload of nitro glycerin on a bumpy road”.

And he is precisely correct.  Everything might seem fine for a while, but one day we are going to hit the wrong bump at the wrong time and the whole thing is going to go KA-BOOM.

The financial crisis of 2008 represented an opportunity to learn from our mistakes, but instead we just papered over our errors and cranked up the global debt creation machine to levels never seen before.  Here is more from Bill Gross

My lesson continued but the crux of it was that in 2017, the global economy has created more credit relative to GDP than that at the beginning of 2008’s disaster. In the U.S., credit of $65 trillion is roughly 350% of annual GDP and the ratio is rising. In China, the ratio has more than doubled in the past decade to nearly 300%. Since 2007, China has added $24 trillion worth of debt to its collective balance sheet. Over the same period, the U.S. and Europe only added $12 trillion each. Capitalism, with its adopted fractional reserve banking system, depends on credit expansion and the printing of additional reserves by central banks, which in turn are re-lent by private banks to create pizza stores, cell phones and a myriad of other products and business enterprises. But the credit creation has limits and the cost of credit (interest rates) must be carefully monitored so that borrowers (think subprime) can pay back the monthly servicing costs. If rates are too high (and credit as a % of GDP too high as well), then potential Lehman black swans can occur. On the other hand, if rates are too low (and credit as a % of GDP declines), then the system breaks down, as savers, pension funds and insurance companies become unable to earn a rate of return high enough to match and service their liabilities.

There is always a price to be paid for going into debt.  It mystifies me that so many Americans seem to not understand this very basic principle.

On an individual level, you could live like a Trump (at least for a while) by getting a whole bunch of credit cards and maxing all of them out.

But eventually a day of reckoning would come.

The same thing happens on a national level.  In recent years we have seen examples in Greece, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Venezuela and various other European nations.

Here in the United States, more than 9 trillion dollars was added to the national debt during the Obama years.  If we had not taken more than 9 trillion dollars of consumption and brought it into the present, we would most assuredly be in the midst of an epic economic depression right now.

Instead of taking our pain in the short-term, we have sold future generations of Americans as debt slaves, and if they get the chance someday they will look back and curse us for what we have done to them.

Many believe that Donald Trump can make short-term economic conditions even better than Obama did, but how in the world is he going to do that?

Is he going to borrow another 9 trillion dollars?

A big test is coming up.  A while back, Barack Obama and the Republican Congress colluded to suspend the debt ceiling until March 15th, 2017, and this week we are going to hit that deadline.

The U.S. Treasury will be able to implement “emergency measures” for a while, but if the debt ceiling is not raised the U.S. government will not be able to borrow more money and will run out of cash very quickly.  The following comes from David Stockman

The Treasury will likely be out of cash shortly after Memorial Day. That is, the White House will be in the mother of all debt ceiling battles before the Donald and his team even see it coming.

With just $66 billion on hand it is now going to run out of cash before even the bloody battle over Obamacare Lite now underway in the House has been completed. That means that there will not be even a glimmer of hope for the vaunted Trump tax cut stimulus and economic rebound on the horizon.

Trump is going to find it quite challenging to find the votes to raise the debt ceiling.  After everything that has happened, very few Democrats are willing to help Trump with anything, and many Republicans are absolutely against raising the debt ceiling without major spending cut concessions.

So we shall see what happens.

If the debt ceiling is not raised, it will almost certainly mean that a major political crisis and a severe economic downturn are imminent.

But if the debt ceiling is raised, it will mean that Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress are willingly complicit in the destruction of this country’s long-term economic future.

When you go into debt there are consequences.

And when the greatest debt bubble in human history finally bursts, the consequences will be exceedingly severe.

The best that our leaders can do for now is to keep the bubble alive for as long as possible, because what comes after the bubble is gone will be absolutely unthinkable.

Courtesy of The Economic Collapse Blog

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  • Gregory Alan of Johnson

    The “debt” of the ‘world’, as stated by the IMF/World Bank, is total fiction and just ledger entries. There’s nothing valid about their claims, except our supposed tacit acquiescence with it as it pertains to contract and our lack of knowledge of that.

    • Ann Tenna

      AGREE with YOU!!!!

  • Ann Tenna

    As Shakespeare said…”Hell is empty, and ALL the devils are HERE!…”You speak an infinite deal of Nothing”…and I think he also said…KILL ALL THE LAWYERS!!!!..but today it must also include all the ILLEGAL CRIMINAL MEXICAN INVADERS who KILL our American Citizens…

  • Liberty Valance

    False Flag Reporting.
    I do not owe anyone Diddly Jack or Schitt.
    It is all in which mirror you look at. With no legitimate Government, who is doing the Accounting.
    What the $signs mean is that in the rape of the world by financial people holding the purse strings, they try to pass illegal government spending back down to the SLAVE PEOPLE. When the SLAVE people over populate then this Diddly Jack Schitt management company wants to kill off the unproductive.
    Why you have wars and rumors of wars.
    Find and wipe Diddly Jack Schitt away and problem is solved.
    Bush, to Clinton, to Bush, to OBAMA seems to be the chain of the problem. However CARTER fits in there somewhere. Regan (the story is not written – but some suggestions are that he was a SOCIALIST) may be exonerated – but I don’t think so.
    Obama was the real thief in the night to get the money out of your hands (whether you are a liberal or a conservative it mattered not to him), and get it into the hands of the money changers. Ergo, your so called Diddly Jack Schitt 20 Trillion debt.

    .New signs on the inside toilet doors everywhere – Please Wipe before leaving.

    We need that sign in the Whitehouse.

    • Nancy Bakos

      The slaves will rise with PITCHFORKS in hand!

    • Ann Tenna

      Regan was not the great president all the neocons say he was…the scumbag gave the ILLEGAL CRIMINAL MEXICAN INVADERS ….AMNESTY…that puts him in a TRAITOR category along the likes of Songbird McCain…another scumbag who wants to give the ILLEGAL CRIMINAL MEXICAN INVADER ….AMNESTY!!!

  • This kind of debt is absolutely impossible under biblical government established upon Yahweh’s unchanging moral law, including His economic law, especially His 7-year debt release.

    America’s ever-increasing debt obligations are just more of the consequences of the ever-intensifying whirlwind resulting from the constitutional framers’ rejection of Yahweh as sovereign and thus His law as supreme:

    “[B]ecause they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law … they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind….” (Hosea 8:1,7)

    For more on how Yahweh’s immutable moral law applies and should be implemented today, see free online book “Law and Kingdom: Their Relevance Under the New Covenant” at http://www.bibleversusconstitution.or/law-kingdomFrame.html.

    Find out how much you really know about the Constitution as compared to the Bible. Take our 10-question Constitution Survey in the right-hand sidebar and receive a complimentary copy of a book that examines the Constitution by the Bible.

    • Grundune

      First of all, the U.S. Constitution doesn’t address private debt or interest rates. In the case of private debt, no one has a gun to their head when they take the lender’s money.

      If you mandate a 7-year debt release then no one could afford a house unless they could pay it off before the 7th year release date. 30-year mortgages would cease to exist and you and most other Americans couldn’t afford to buy a house.

      This is the primary reason why no one should trust your Bible interpretations, you can’t tell the difference between God’s instructions to ancient Israel and His instructions to us in the 21st century.

      Your idea to abolish the U.S. Constitution is the pinnacle of your absurdity.

    • Grundune is a Mormon who rejects the Christ of the Bible and the Word
      of God (Psalm 19:7-11; John 1:1-3, 14; 1 Timothy 3:16; 2 John 1:7-11; etc.) and whose “Doctrine and Covenants” demand he defend the Constitution as divinely inspired (D&C 101:80, etc.), much the same as with the “Book of Mormon.” He knows if the Constitution is exposed for the biblically seditious document it is, that the entire Mormon house of cards comes tumbling down.

      He also rejects that Christ is our (ONLY) Sovereign (whom Grundune likes to identify as a dictator) now, despite a plethora of New Testament passages that prove otherwise. That Grundune doesn’t know the Bible well enough to know the intent of Judges 21:25 is no surprise.

      He, will, of course, deny that any of this (except that he’s a Mormon) applies to him. I’ll let you the reader determine from his Mormonism and posts whether this is true or not.

      Tragically, many Christians are more inclined to follow “Doctrine and Covenants” than they are the Bible when it comes to the Constitution.