Based on the Federal Reserve's Flow of Funds report, there are now $52 trillion in interest-bearing debts in the U.S.
Based on estimates provided by the U.S. Government Accountability Office and other sources, it's safe to assume that there are also at least $60 trillion in contingency debts and obligations now starting to kick in ? for Social Security, Medicare and other pensions.
Separately, the Bank of International Settlements reports that the total value of debts and bets placed worldwide (derivatives) is $596 trillion, or more than a half quadrillion !
In contrast, even after the most reckless outpouring of government bailouts in recent months, the total rescue money announced in the U.S. so far is $2.7 trillion ? a huge, unwieldy amount, but still minuscule in comparison to the massive debt build-up."
A new Dark Ages?