INFOGRAPHIC: How Big Is the Government’s Ballooning Debt?

by Alyssa Oursler | August 17, 2012 7:00 am

They say “time is money,” and it seems that no one understands that better than the U.S. government.

The government’s debt already exceeds $15 trillion and that number is still growing[1] — rapidly. Every minute, another $10 million gets tacked onto the total, and those mounds of money add up pretty fast.

How fast? Well, here’s a quick look at how much ticks away in a day, as well as some examples to show just what that kind of money can buy.


  1. that number is still growing:
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