Big Money

Consider these numbers to put some current news topics in perspective:

$16.9 trillion = annual US gross domestic product estimate (

$2.7 trillion = total US government annual tax revenue, fiscal year 2013 estimated (, Fiscal Year 2014, Historical Tables, Table 2.1)

$17.2 trillion = US government national debt (

$3.66 trillion = currency exchange reserves held by the Chinese government as of Oct 2013 (

$3.57 trillion = money supply inflation as of Oct 2013 by the practice of quantitative easing ( with data interpretation help by Wikipedia)

17.2 / 2.7 = 6.4. The US government owes more than 6 times what it brings in annually with taxes. (per my own math)

3.66 / 2.7 = 1.4. the value of China’s foreign exchange reserves are equal to the US government tax revenue for a over year and a quarter.

Check out the links. There is a story behind each of these numbers, but the numbers themselves are generally not disputed.

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