$2.5 to $3 Trillion for the first decade, instead of the "under $1 Trillion" figure they paraded around. We simply can't afford this. We need to be running surpluses, not deficits. Putting Obamacare in place is adding pressure to the coming collapse. With a debt total pushing over $17 trillion, by the time of the 2017 inauguration, the debt will be well over $20 trillion.
Pressure is mounting on the dollar these days. You and I weren't the only people who noticed how the Fed.gov debt instantly popped over the $17 trillion debt line when the debt ceiling deal was made; our creditors noticed it too. That's their money the Federal Reserve is devaluing. The Saudis are actually breaking diplomatic relations with us, over our refusal to fight the Syrians for them, and that's causing pressure on that odd conglomerate: the Petrodollar. The move to remove the "reserve currency" status from the dollar gathers steam. To borrow a quote from that link (CNBC):
The Tea Party was formed to prevent runaway inflation and an economic depression resulting from a crumbling currency and devalued debt. It appears by the absolute and universal vilification of its members by both Republicans and Democrats that U.S. citizens are not yet ready to undergo the pain associated with the removal of our pernicious addictions.Indeed. Marc Faber, the famous analyst from the Gloom, Doom and Boom Report, probably had it right when he said, "The question is not 'tapering', the question is at what point will they increase the asset purchases to say $150 billion, $200 billion, or a trillion dollars a month." Except it won't get that far. At some point, other nations will abandon us and leave us for dead - which will lead to many of us achieving that status. Of course the hard question is just when. I wish I could answer that.
On October 14th, Megan Ahrens went to Mt. Rushmore for her first visit, in the morning fog. Her picture - which she swears was not shopped - went viral, because it appears that Washington and Jefferson are crying.