Ten Trillion and Counting Project

Infographic by Patience Hallman

It is important for Americans to know how the government is coming up with money for their multiple programs. It is also important to know where this money is coming from, what it is used for, and what solutions are available in case of complications.

These things are important to know because they open the mind on how the government works. With knowledge, people will be able to point out things they like or dislike about these things, and hopefully come up with ways to help their fellow Americans.

United States Borrowing Money and National Debt

It is known that the United States borrows large amounts of money from other countries to keep their economy rolling. Without this borrowed money the country would be forever in debt that continues to grow. No new policies or regulations, etc. could be passed without the kindness from other countries.

What is the current national debt?

As of May 4, 2016, the United States is currently $19,170,001,895,674.07 in debt.

The national debt has constantly increased over the past few decades. The rate at which the debt is increasing, as shown in the graph, is much faster in the recent past than the later.

Every man, woman and child in the United States currently owes $63,096 for their share of the U.S. public debt.

"United States National Debt Clock". DaveManuel.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.

Who is the debt owed to?

The money that the U.S. borrows from other countries does need to be paid back. Since we know how much the national debt is, let's get to know who it is from. This information is good to know because it allows Americans to understand who our countries allies are. It also helps Americans to know which country has the most influence in the U.S.

As shown on the graph from May 2011, the United States owes the most money to China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Brazil. This amount has increased in the past 5 years so the amounts are even more so.

"How Much Money Does America Owe Other Countries?". ChartsBin. N.p., 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.


Medicare is a program that is used to help pay for medical expenses for people aged 65 and up. It is funded by the government and taxpayer money.

How is it helping?

Medicare has 4 different parts. Parts A, B, C, and D.

Part A covers hospital stays, nurse care, hospice care, and some health care.

Part B covers certain doctors' services, outpatient care, medical supplies, and preventive services.

Part C covers medical advantage plans which include Health Maintenance Organizations, Preferred Provider Organizations, Private Fee-for-Service Plans, Special Needs Plans, and Medicare Medical Savings Account Plans.

Part D covers certain fees from prescription drugs.

"What's Medicare? | Medicare.Gov". Medicare.gov. N.p., 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.

What problems come with Medicare?

Medicare fraud is a large issue that wastes government money that could have been given to someone who needed it. Medicare fraud happens when doctors take advantage of Medicare policies and charge patients for services they never received or do not need.

In a report made by ABC News on July 23, 2015, it was estimated that $60 billion of American taxpayer money was lost to fraud, waste, abuse and improper payments. The article also states that coverage costs have been sent to 23,400 fake or bad addresses. These fake addresses where doctors are supposedly practicing at waste billions of money that the American people no longer have for their use. It is wasted to human greed.

Avila, Jim, Serena Marshall, and GITIKA KAUL. "$60 Billion Medicare Funds Improperly Paid, Report Finds". ABC News. N.p., 2016. Web. 4 May 2016.

Obama's Economic Recovery Plan

This is a stimulus plan started by President Obama. It was his solution to fixing the economic problems put onto him from past presidents. This plan is estimated to cost $800 billion, which is not something that many people who are going through a recession would be fond of, but it was used to give tax money back to the people who needed it most.

What is it for?

The plan's purpose was to increase customer spending and save 900,000 to 2.3 million jobs and encourage economic growth. It cut taxes by $288 billion, spent $224 billion in extended unemployment benefits, education and health care, and it created jobs by allocating $275 billion in federal contracts, grants and loans.

The plan quickly spent most of its budgeted money in the first three years after starting even though it is a 10-year plan.

It was planned to give $600 to each taxpayer, $1200 to couples, and $300 for each dependent child. It was hoped that all this extra money would be quickly spent and boost the economy. The extra money was expected to help taxpayers be able to buy ever increasing products.

"Purpose Of The Economic Stimulus Package | World Financial Watch". Worldfinancialwatch.com. N.p., 2016. Web. 6 May 2016.

Amadeo, Kimberly and Kimberly Amadeo. "Did Obama's Stimulus Plan Work?". About.com Money. N.p., 2016. Web. 6 May 2016.