The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet-The U.S. Government
"American Economic Exceptionalism Explained"                     USAPonzi                                      by John W. White   Mar 29, 2013

U.S. Total Financial Leverage
4X what it was in 1929

Apr 27, 2015
Updated July 9, 2015 to correct Debt double count.  After further research of the usdebtclock GAAP Unfunded Liabilities, I have determined that this number includes the National Debt.  In my prior commentaries I had separated money spent (debt) from money promised to be spent (unfunded liabilities).  I will maintain that terminology on this website but recognize that the usdebtclock Unfunded Liabilities = Debt + Unfunded Future Liabilities. 
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While the cause of "The Great Depression" is still actively debated more than 8 decades after it occurred, one of the theories was and still is that we accumulated too much debt.  To compare our current financial situation to the conditions in 1929 I will compare our debt and total financial liabilities with 1929 as ratioed with GDP.  U.S. Total Debt (Federal, State, Local, Household, Business, and Financial) was nominally 190% of GDP in 1929 and peaked at nominally 300% of GDP in 1933.  But for purposes of this comparison, I will use the 1929 ratio of 190% of GDP to compare to our current indebtedness ratio since the 300% peak level in 1933 was caused, to a large degree, by declining GDP after the depression had begun.

It must further be recognized that in 1929 we did not have Unfunded Future Liabilities for social benefits, since it was the aftermath of "The Great Depression" that caused the U.S. Government to formalize the social benefit programs that we have in place today for which USAPonzi is now introducing these Unfunded Future Liabilities.

For purposes of this analysis I will use the information from as of April 25, 2015.

                                   GDP      $17.7 Trillion         %of GDP    Ratio to 1929 
                     National Debt      $18.2 Trillion            103%
                  U.S. Total Debt      $61.6 Trillion            348%          1.8
Unfunded Future Liabilities      $77.7 Trillion            439%
           U.S. Total Liabilities    $138.3 Trillion            767%          4.0
           U.S. Total Debt 1929                                     190%

U.S. Total Debt includes Household, Business, State and Local Government, Financial Institutions, and the Federal Government debt.

U.S. Total Liabilities = U.S. Total Debt + Unfunded Future Liabilities.

Our "U.S. Total Debt" leverage is currently 1.8X (348/190 = 1.8) the leverage we had in 1929 but our "U.S. Total Liabilities" leverage, according to this analysis, is 4.0X (767/190 = 4.0) what it was in 1929.

This is why I predict that "The Depression" that will occur when USAPonzi Implodes will be much more severe than "The Great Depression".   We as a country do not have proper visibility to the financial crisis that we are facing because the U.S. Government is using a corrupt and fraudulent accounting system, Cash Accounting vs. the proper GAAP Accounting, that markedly distorts our financial condition.