National debt passes $13 trillion mark

WASHINGTON — The national debt has now passed the $13 trillion mark, according to, an independent tracker of the total debt held by the public. Several Republican senators cited the happening on the Senate floor.

Your share of that as an American citizen is a little more than $42,000, that website estimates.

Expect to hear a lot more about the debt going forward, including in this space tomorrow. Republicans, including Michele Bachmann, John Kline and Erik Paulsen, have said they plan to make the debt (and federal spending in general) a central focus of their 2010 campaigns.

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Comments (6)

  1. Submitted by Mac Riddel on 05/26/2010 - 04:07 pm.

    The extreme right Republicans are planning to make the debt a platform issue? Seriously? Aren’t they the ones who fiercely supported the money-pit that is the Iraqi War? Aren’t they the ones who supported the beginning of the massive bailouts under Bush? And aren’t they the owns who support massive corporations and give tax incentives to those that outsource to other countries?

    Yes, please make the debt a platform issue. Kline, Paulsen, and especially Bachmann need to have their freedom at the conclusion of the 2010 election. And when I say freedom, I mean freedom of legislative duties.

  2. Submitted by Tom Anderson on 05/26/2010 - 09:55 pm.

    The Iraq war is heading for it’s Bush exit date while we now have more troops in Obama’s Afghanistan. Conservatives decried President Bush’s bailout plans as well as Obama’s. Large businesses provide millions of jobs so helping them might not be such a bad thing, but BP’s largest pot of money went to our current President…

    This new debt mark is worth noting although both parties have there fingers in it. Maybe we are reaching the “tipping point” that environmentalists keep talking about.

  3. Submitted by Thomas Swift on 05/27/2010 - 11:59 am.

    “Aren’t they the ones who supported the beginning of the massive bailouts under Bush?”

    Um, no, they are not. TARP I was passed by Democrats. In fact, the Democrats enjoyed blowing that mountain of cash so much, they created and passed TARP II, then, since they were having such a ball, they created and passed the Cash for Clunkers fiasco.

    $13 Trillion in debt. $42k per person….

    Yeah, I think you will be seeing GOP candidates making an issue of this…

  4. Submitted by Ron Gotzman on 05/28/2010 - 08:47 am.

    13 trillion?? I though Amy K promised to lower the debt, lower the deficit, and hold to pay-go?

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  6. Submitted by Aviva Jorstad on 07/21/2011 - 04:51 pm.

    Watching those numbers grow on the debt clock is frightening. We’re up above $14.5 trillion now.

    And we’re relying on some of the country’s wealthiest individuals – our congressmen and women – to solve the crisis. Very unsettling.

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