Darrell Issa to Ben Bernanke: What Is Our Debt?

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing today (March 21, 2012) on the “US Response to the European Debt Crisis”. Ben Bernanke and Tim Geithner testified before the committee. Darrell Issa asked Mr. Bernanke a simple question: what is our debt if off budget debts are included? His response: 

“I will have to get back to you”

Mr. Bernanke did admit that our national debt combined with medicare obligations is $45 trillion. This is a debt to GDP ratio of 300% or as the Fed chairman put it succinctly: it is not sustainable.

David DeGerolamo

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