The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet-The U.S. Government
"American Economic Exceptionalism Explained"                     USAPonzi                                      by John W. White   Mar 29, 2013

   What is a Ponzi Scheme?                  What is GAAP Accounting?           USAPonzi-A Classic Ponzi Scheme
  USAPonzi CliffsNotes                        Whistleblower Letters to the SEC  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 
American Institute of CPAs video    The Implosion of USAPonzi           Truth in video     
   Whistleblower Letter to Congress    USAPonzi Elevator Speech     Whistleblower Letter #2 to Supreme Court
   The U.S. Government is Corrupt!      Warren Buffett's commentary on Pensions begins on page 118
   Household Net Worth                          Corporate Net Worth                      Small Business Net Worth

   debt to the penny   Download eBook USAPonziE1U067.pdf

USAPonzi is now explained in book format on Amazon by searching for "USAPonzi". This will be the most informative, shocking, and scary book you will read in 2016.

Getting Rich from U.S. Government Fraud   Open Letter to Planet Earth  USAPonzi in web format

USAPonzi simply stated: The U.S. Government is borrowing imaginary-counterfeit money ($104.515 Trillion of monopoly money as of 12/17/16) from the future Americans and giving it to the current Americans! The Oswald Financial Bubble

  New Commentary Dec 18, 2016 U.S. Upper Class +$104.5T U.S. Common Man -$90.1T
                                  Dec 16, 2016 The Day the Money Runs Out!
                                 Dec 15, 2016 Breaking the Golden Rule
                                 Dec 14, 2016 Open Letter to Planet Earth: The U.S. Government is Corrupt Printable Version
                                 Dec 13, 2016 Open Letter to Planet Earth: The U.S. Government is Corrupt Hyperlink Version
                                 Dec 12, 2016 America has gone Rogue!
                                 Dec  7, 2016 The Great Economic Divide
                                 Dec  2, 2016 Unlimited Wealth to the U.S. Upper Class!
                                 Nov 28, 2016 Open Letter to Planet Earth!
                                 Nov 21, 2016 Because Oswald Assassinated JFK!
                                 Nov 20, 2016 America is living on its Credit Card!
                                 Nov 18, 2016 Urbanization-A Byproduct of USAPonzi
                                 Nov 15, 2016 Getting Rich from U.S. Government Fraud
                                 Nov 10, 2016 Offshoring-A Byproduct of USAPonzi
                                 Nov  8, 2016 The Bankruptcy of The United States of America
                                 Nov  7, 2016 Getting Rich by borrowing Monoply Money!
                                 Nov  5, 2016 The Greatest Depression-The USAPonzi Apocalypse
                                 Nov  5, 2016 U.S. Total Financial Leverage 4.2X 1929
                                 Nov  2, 2016 USAPonzi Elevator Speech 11/2/2016
                                 Nov  1, 2016 The Windfarm Debacle!
                                 Nov  1, 2016 USAPonzi CliffNotes updated Nov 1, 2016
                                 Oct 22. 2016 Inflation-A Byproduct of USAPonzi (Reprise from Oct 2013)
                                 Oct 19, 2016 Borrowing from the Future
                                 Oct 17, 2016 The Wells Fargo Scandal Hypocrisy!
                                  Oct 12, 2016 Slipping $103.8 Trillion to the U.S. Upper Class!
                                  Oct 10, 2016 Creating the Wealth Gap!

                                  Oct  6, 2016 The Concept of Imaginary-Counterfeit Money
                                  Oct  4, 2016 LeBron Endorses Hillary: "High Stakes Pay to Play"!
Oct  1, 2016 Creating Money out of "Thin Air"!
                                  Oct   1, 2016 The SEC Methodolgy for Detecting Ponzi Schemes!
                                  Sep 24, 2016 The United States of America is a Fraud!
                                  Sep 16, 2016
The U.S. Government is Cheating the Common Man!
Sep 15, 2016 Stealing from the Future Americans!
Sep 12, 2016 The Senior U.S. Government Officials are Criminals!
Sep   8, 2016 Creating Imaginary-Counterfeit Wealth!
Sep   5, 2016 We don't need a Wall! We need the Truth!
Sep   1, 2016 Whistleblower Letter #2 to the U.S. Supreme Court
Aug 26, 2016 USAPonzi CliffsNotes

Aug 22, 2016 Op-Ed to WSJ/NYT/DMN August 22, 2016 The Clinton Fraud!
Aug 20, 2016 Op-Ed to WSJ/NYT/DMN August 20, 2016 The U.S. Government is Corrupt!
Aug 15, 2016 The U.S. Government is Lying and Cheating!
Aug 10, 2016 USAPonzi-A Classic Ponzi Scheme
                                   Aug 5, 2016 The Practice of Selective Taxation
                                   Aug 3, 2016 Distributing Imaginary-Counterfeit Money!
                                   Aug 3, 2016 How Public Liabilities produce Private Wealth!
                                   Aug 1, 2016 Op-Ed to WSJ/NYT/DMN August 2016
                                   Aug 1, 2016 The $103 Trillion Gift to the U.S. Upper Class! Donald and Hillary both got rich!
                                   Aug 1, 2016 USA maintains global dominance with fraud!
                                   Jul 27, 2016 Apple sells billionth iPhone because of U.S. Government Fraud
                                   Jul 26, 2016 America: A Great Country ruined by U.S. Government Fraud
                                   Jul 24, 2016 Whistleblower Letter to Stephen Moore-Chief Economist The Heritage Fountadion
                                   Jul 21, 2016 Why "Radical Islamists" hate the Western World!
                                   Jul 20, 2016 The Oil Price Bubble!  The Price of Oil will drop to single digits! 
                                   Jul 19, 2016 Filling the Planet with Junk! USAPonzi is the reason THEY hate us!
                                   Jul 14, 2016 Oswald made the Dallas Cowboys faux valuable!
                                   Jul 13, 2016 Letter to Congressman Neugebauer
                                   Jul 11, 2016 The $102.8 Trillion Heist!
                                   Jul  8, 2016 The U.S. Government is rigged! "Make America Honest Again"
                                   Jul  5, 2016 Kevin Durant's $54.3 Million Contract Explained!
                                   Jul  1, 2016 The Toyota Debacle! Buying cars with imaginary-counterfeit money!
                                   Jul  1, 2016 Why does the Stock Market keep going up?
                                   Jul  1, 2016 Lee Harvey Oswald changed the course of History!
                                   Jun 29, 2016 USAPonzi is Ballooning the Global Money Suppy and Economy!
                                   Jun 28, 2016 The Magic Money Spigot of the U.S. Government!
                                   Jun 27, 2016 USAPonzi Elevator Speech June 27, 2016
                                   Jun 26, 2016 Proposed Texas Ranger Stadium is a $Billion Folly!
                                   Jun 26, 2016 USAPonzi is a four tiered Fraud!
                                   Jun 24, 2016 Getting Rich on Borrowed Money! BrExit should be the least of our worries!
                                   Jun 22, 2016 The United States of America appears Prosperous by Cheating!
                                   Jun   9, 2016 The U.S. Government is Corrupt!
                                   Jun   6, 2016 USAPonzi enriches Gates/Buffett/Clinton/Trump!
                                    May 31, 2016 The Imaginary Millionaires and Billionaires!
                                    May 27, 2016 Whistleblower Letter to Supreme Court Giving Infinite Wealth to the Upper Class
                                    May 25, 2016 Making Something out of Nothing!
                                    May 23, 2016 USA: The Land of Endless Money!
                                    May 19, 2016 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens: Exposing U.S. Fiscal Fraud!
                                    May 17, 2016 USAPonzi a simple fraud: Public Debt becomes Private Wealth!
                                    May 13, 2016 Why are Interest Rates so Low? USAPonzi!
                                    May 10, 2016 Four out of Five Things in America are Unaffordable!
                                    Apr 25, 2016 Whistleblower Letter to Congress  Giving Infinite Wealth to the Upper Class
                                    Apr 23, 2016 Stealing from Future Americans
                                    Apr 19, 2016 Fooling the Entire Planet!
                                    Apr 18, 2016 Whistleblower Letter to Fix-The-Debt
                                    Apr 15, 2016 Raising the Minimum Wage is Foolhardy!
                                    Apr 15, 2016 USAPonzi Fraud Status April 15, 2016                                   
                                    Apr   4, 2016  Op-Ed to Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and Dallas Morning Newsl
                                    Apr   1, 2016 The Janet Yellen Dilemma!
                                    Mar 27, 2016 America: A Debtor Nation!
                                    Mar 16, 2016 USAPonzi: The Ultimate Government Fraud $101.5 Trillion
                                    Mar   8, 2016 The Theory of Imaginary Money
                                    Mar   8, 2016 The Meaning of Counterfeit Money
                                    Mar   6, 2016 Whistleblower Letter to
                                    Mar   1, 2016 Clinton/Trump: Getting Rich(?) from Government Fraud!
                                    Feb 16, 2016 The Bank Bubble; Building Real Banks for Counterfeit Money!
                                    Feb 10, 2016 The Bribery of Bill and Hillary!: Whistleblower Letter #12 to SEC!
                                    Feb   1, 2016 How much money is 2.5 Trillion Dollars?
                                    Jan 13, 2016 Peddling Fiction!
                                    Jan   6, 2016 How USAPonzi created "The Clinton foundation"
                                    Jan   2, 2016 The Closing Scene in USAPonzi-The Movie
                                    Dec 30, 2015 How Oswald created the Saudi Arabia budget deficit!
                                    Dec 27, 2015 How USAPonzi created "America's Team"!
                                    Dec 21, 2015 How Lee Harvey Oswald creates traffic jams!   
                                    Dec   1, 2015 Mark Zuckerberg's Charitable Giving
                                    Nov 17, 2015 How Lee Harvey Oswald Created ISIS
                                    Nov 2,   2015 The U.S. Government is "Too Big to Save"!
                                    Nov 2,  2015 The eBook of USAPonzi A reader's guide to the most informative Commentaries
                                    Oct 28, 2015 Why the U.S. Government raises the Debt Ceiling! 
                                    Oct 26, 2015 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens  The End Game for USAPonzi!
                                    Oct 22, 2015 The Great American Housing Ponzi Scheme!
                                    Oct 17, 2015 Government Fraud makes the Upper and Ruling Classes Rich!
                                    Oct 10, 2015 The Impact of Deficit Spending!  $98.7 Trillion of Counterfeit Money!
                                    Oct 6,   2015 USAPonzi-"The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet"!  The Real Story!
                                    Oct 1,   2015 Taking the Plunge into Fiscal Oblivion!
                                    Oct 1,   2015 Gagging on a Gnat while swallowing a Camel!
                                    Sep 30, 2015 Don't cry for me Argentina/America!
                                    Aug      2013 An old Commentary worth repeating!   The Fed is NOT the Problem!
                                    Sep 26, 2015 SEC Whistleblower Letter #11   U.S. Government Fraudulently overpays itself!
                                    Sep 25, 2015 The Myth of American Economic Exceptionalism!
                                    Sep 21, 2015 Sitting on a Global Financial System Time Bomb!
                                    Sep 16, 2015 Amazon: A Counterfeit Company created by a Ponzi scheme!
                                    Blog continued below.

The U.S. Government has been operating a massive ($100 Trillion) Ponzi scheme since FY1969, which I have named USAPonzi.

       debt to the penny    The Essence of USAPonzi

The U.S. Government is making unaffordable social benefit promises, is pretending to collect taxes to finance these promises but spends the money that is collected to overpay government workers and government related businesses, is not funding the future social benefit promises, is dramatically undertaxing the upper class which appears to make them super wealthy, is leaving the common man with nothing in the social benefit trust fund to pay future social benefit promises, is paying government workers and businesses much more than the taxpayer can afford, and is attempting to conceal this Ponzi scheme with fraudulent accounting.  The U.S. Government is "Cheating the Common Man" to overpay the ruling class and to make the upper class appear super wealthy.

The U.S. Government must adopt GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Accounting and balance the GAAP basis budget to achieve an equitable and sustainable fiscal policy and terminate this Ponzi scheme.

This is a simple accounting problem with a straight forward solution that has created the potential for a financial catastrophe of epic proportions.  The U.S. Government is overspending, overpromising, undertaxing, and using corrupt and fraudlent accounting.  If the U.S. Government is going to make future promises it must accrue for these promises.  Case closed!   Any honest CPA and any honest economist will tell you that.  But the politicians do not want to hear it, the ruling class does not want to hear it, and the upper class is intoxicated by the massive faux wealth that USAPonzi is producing.

The continued use of Cash Accounting has caused
 dramatic distortions in our economy and our financial system.  It has appeared to make the ruling class prosperous and the upper class super prosperous and super rich while cheating almost everybody else.   How can this be right?  There is nothing fair about it!  It is amazing to me that this has to be explained to the Government of the United States of America.

Sep 15, 2015 SEC OIG Response to Whistleblower Letter #10
Sep 15, 2015 Whistleblower Letter #10 to the Securities and Exchange Commission
Sep 8, 2015   Bernie Sanders is winning by telling a BIGGER Fiscal Lie!
Sep 7, 2015   Buffett: Silent Beneficiary of Government Fraud drops hints of Fiscal Problem!
Sep 3, 2015   Why Pro Athletes make $Millions!
Sep 1, 2015   Cooking the Books!
Aug 24, 2015 Op-Ed to The New York Times
Aug 20, 2015 Deficit Spending, Money Supply, and Counterfeit Money 
Aug 15, 2015 Op-Ed to the Wall Street Journal
Aug 12, 2015 Dr. Kotlikoff: Social Security is broken
Aug 5, 2015  The Infinite Counterfeit Money Machine!
Aug 5, 2015  Creating Counterfeit Wealth
Aug 3, 2015  Scoundrels, Liars, and Cheaters!
Jul 30, 2015  Whistleblower Letter #9 to SEC, WSJ, NYT, DMN   Greed Trumps Honesty!
Jul 23, 2015 The Distortions of USAPonzi! 7/23/15
Jul 20, 2015 The U.S. Government is "Juicing the Economy"!
Jul 16, 2015 Oswald caused the Biggest Financial Bubble ($97.1T) in History!
Jul 15, 2015 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens   USAPonzi Simplified
Jul 14, 2015 All Governments must use GAAP Accounting
Jul 13, 2015 The Implosion of USAPonzi 7/13/15
Jul 9, 2015   
The U.S. Government is corrupt and Fraudulent! 7/9/15
Jul 6, 2015    U.S. Financial Crisis 9X more serious than Greece
Jul 6, 2015    
Is the U.S. Government Overspending or Undertaxing

Jun 29, 2015 
USAPonzi Whistleblower Letter #8 to the SEC
Jun 21, 2015 Icahn/Trump: A Bubble like you've never seen before!
Jun 19, 2015 Donald Trump: "I'm really Rich"!
Jun 18, 2015 Living on borrowed money and time!
Jun 15, 2015 The U.S. Government is Corrupt!
May 26, 2015 The Implosion of USAPonzi!
May 15, 2015 Truth about the U.S. Financial Condition!
May 13, 2015 Dealing with National Bankruptcy!
May 11, 2015 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens May 11, 2015
May 7, 2015 Sounding the Alarm on U.S. Government Fraud!
May 4, 2015 Truth in Government
May 1, 2015 A new car for every U.S. citizen
Apr 27, 2015 American Institute of CPAs calls for Accrual Accounting
Apr 20, 2015 The Distortions of USAPonzi
Apr 15, 2015 Criminal, Manufacturing, or Service Economy?
Apr 10, 2015 Las Vegas-A Coming Ghost Town!
Apr  2, 2015 USAPonzi-The Ponzi Economy of the USA.  OpEd to Dallas Morning News
Mar 25, 2015 How "The Rich" got rich!
Mar 22, 2015 LBJ Snake Oil is still being sold!
Mar 17, 2015 Begins GAAP Reporting
Mar 16, 2015 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens-U.S. Government is Corrupt and Fraudulent
Mar 15, 2015 Americans think we are richer and more prosperous than we really are!
Mar 11, 2015 7th SEC Whistleblower Letter Exposing Corrupt and Fraudulent Accounting
Mar 9, 2015 Why Apple Joins the Dow!  Apple is assisted by Government Corruption!
Mar 5, 2015 Drinking the U.S. Government Kool-Aid!
Mar 5, 2015 U.S. Fiscal Policy is Absolutely Absurd!
Mar 3, 2015 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens
Mar 1, 2015 We Need More and Bigger Docks!
Feb 24, 2015 Cheating the Common Man!
Feb 19, 2015 Challenge Letter to SEC, WSJ, NYT, and DMN
Feb 12, 2015 Ruling & Upper Classes Lie to & Cheat Middle & Lower Classes
Feb 9, 2015 U.S. Fiscal Policy is Patently Absurd!
Feb 5, 2015 Ruling Class lies and cheats while Upper Class applauds!
Feb 1, 2015 U.S. Upper Class loves Government Fraud
Jan 28, 2015 How LBJ Financed the Smartphone Phenomenon!
Jan 27, 2015 The Haves vs. The Havenots!
Jan 22, 2015 "State of the Union" Absurdities
Jan 22, 2015 The Rise and Fall of the American Empire
Jan 21, 2015 Fools and Foxes
Jan 15, 2015 Op-Ed to The Dallas Morning News
Jan 9, 2015 Buffett got Rich on U.S. Government Corruption
Jan 5, 2015 Op-Ed to the Wall Street Journal

Dec 30, 2014 Thomas Jefferson Predicted USAPonzi

Dec 28, 2014 Op-Ed to New York Times

Dec 20, 2014 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens

Dec 18, 2014 Wealth GAP-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Dec 15, 2014 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens

Dec 11, 2014 Open Letter to U.S. Citizens

Dec 6, 2014 Why the Stock Market is Overvalued!

Dec 2, 2014 Empty Promises to the Underprivileged

Dec 1, 2014 The U.S. Government is Corrupt and Fraudulent!

Nov 21, 2014 U.S. Citizens: Your Government is Lying to You!

Nov 12, 2014 The $100 Trillion Counterfeit Money Machine

Nov 9, 2014 Janet Yellen does not understand U.S. Fiscal Policy

Nov 4, 2014 High Profits-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Nov 2, 2014 Income Inequality-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Nov 1, 2014 High Net Worth-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Oct 26, 2014 Energy Independence-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Oct 23, 2014 Stock Buybacks-A Byproduct of USAPonzi

Oct 18, 2014 Yellen warns of rising income gap

Oct 13, 2014 Open Letter to "Financial Experts" $98.1 Trillion of Counterfeit Money

Oct 6, 2014 U.S. "Real" GDP FY2015 47% of our GDP is created by GAAP deficit spending!

Oct 3, 2014 Cooking the "Cooked Books"!

Oct 1, 2014 Happy New Year USA! You just got a pay raise!

Oct 1, 2014 Favoring the Rich and Cheating the Common Man

Sep 16, 2014 Oswald Made Buffett, Gates, Jordan, Woods, and all the other "1%ers" 7X richer!

Sep 15, 2014 Why Stocks Outperform Bonds!

Sep 6, 2014 The USA is Cheating on the World

Sep 2, 2014 USAPonzi is Tilting the Playing Field 

Aug 28, 2014 USAPonzi in a Nutshell  The Golden Goose

Aug 18, 2014 Sixth Letter to the SEC $97 Trillion created out of "Thin Air"

Jul 21, 2014 Open Letter to U.S. Government Leaders Re: Corrupt and Fraudulent Accounting

Jul 10, 2014 The Anatomy of USAPonzi

Jul 1, 2014 Fed Chairmen are Co-conspirators in USAPonzi


As The Anatomy of USAPonzi explains, Lyndon B. Johnson and the 90th Congress started the lying that created USAPonzi in FY1969 with the "Unified Budget".   But every President and every Congress since then has agreed to continue the lying.  It has also taken a lot of people (co-conspirators) along the way that have been willing to keep quiet and let USAPonzi continue to operate.  But USAPonzi is such an intoxicating scheme that the people in Washington, the people on Wall Street, and the people on Main Street have all been willing to let the lying continue.  Ponzi schemes can be really fun for the early investors but they are always painful, even devastating, for the late investors as we will find out when USAPonzi implodes.

The U.S. Government is overspending, overcommitting, undertaxing, and lying (by using corrupt and fraudulent accounting) and as a result is running "The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet". 

I have named this Ponzi Scheme USAPonzi.

The U.S. Government is using Cash Accounting when it should be using GAAP Accounting, and as a result is

   dramatically understating our deficit spending by $5.9 Trillion,
   dramatically understating our Financial Liabilities by $79.3 Trillion
   dramatically stimulating the U.S. GDP by 1.8X (see U.S. "Real" GDP June 20, 2014), 
and dramatically overstating the value of U.S. private assets by 7X (see U.S. Total Assets Bubble).

                             Cash Accounting    GAAP Accounting
FY2014 Deficit          $514 Billion                   $6.4 Trillion
Financial Liabilities   $17.7 Trilllion Debt        $97.0 Trillion Obligation (Debt plus Unfunded Liabilities)
(as of August 1, 2014)

By undertaxing the U.S. citizens and businesses over the last 46 Years by $97.0 Trillion (thereby creating this GAAP Obligation), U.S. citizens and businesses appear to be $97.0 Trillion richer (see U.S. Total Assets Bubble) than they really are and U.S. businesses appear to be much more successful, profitable, and valuable than they really are.

These Financial Liabilities of $97.0 Trillion have been pushed off on the future taxpayers and they have no hope of ever paying for these liabilities since the current taxpayers are only paying taxes of $3.0 Trillion in FY2014 when our cash outlays are $3.68 Trillion and these Financial Liabilities (GAAP Obligation) are increasing by our GAAP Deficit of $6.4 Trillion in FY2014.

Plus the $3.0 Trillion of income in FY2014 is overstated by $1.36 Trillion since the U.S. GDP is overstated by 1.8X due to this $6.4 Trillion of GAAP basis deficit spending. (see U.S. "Real" GDP June 2014)

This is a classic Ponzi Scheme of unprecedented magnitude that has created $97.0 Trillion of Phantom Money out of "thin air". 

USAPonzi will be a $100 Trillion Ponzi Scheme by February 2015!

For a "cliff note" analysis of this Ponzi scheme, I recommend that you read my commentary The Anatomy of USAPonzi.

It is a mathematical certainty that the United States of America (and the entire planet) is headed toward a financial catastrophe of epic proportions and yet the powers that be in Washington will not acknowledge the fact that they have been lying to the world by using fraudulent accounting since 1969.

By using Cash Accounting, the U.S. Government is reporting deficit spending of $514 Billion for FY2014 when proper GAAP Accounting would report deficit spending of $6.4 Trillion.  That is the current magnitude of the U.S. Government's "deficit lie".

This lie is causing the rich to appear to get filthy rich (by about 5%/year) and the poor to get desperately poor (by about 5%/year). (see Rich get Richer/Poor get Poorer)

This lie has pumped $97.0 Trillion of smoke into the U.S. Total Assets Bubble making the rich appear to be 7 times as rich as they really are.

This lie has left the elderly and underprivileged with nothing in their social benefit trust fund that should have $84.3 Trillion in it to fund the social benefits that the U.S. Government has promised.

To pay for what Washington is currently spending everyday and the new promises to spend in the future that Washington is making everyday, the following invoices are getting sent out:

                            If paid             Daily                      Monthly              Yearly
        Current taxpayers       $8.2 Billion            $250 Billion     $3,000 Billion
        Future taxpayers       $17.6 Billion            $535 Billion     $6,422 Billion

The $3,000 Billion is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the amount of revenues that the U.S. Government will collect from current taxpayers in FY2014.

The $6,422 Billion owed this fiscal year by future taxpayers is the USAPonzi estimate of the FY2014 GAAP deficit shown in cell j22 of the USAPonzi Fiscal Model.

The amount due by these future taxpayers, when paid, will be much larger than the stated amount on their invoice since this is the current amount due and they will also owe the accrued compound interest on this invoice amount.  This could be sizeable since some of these future taxpayers are not yet born.

Current taxpayers are now paying for less than a third of what Washington is spending and committing.  But that is the definition of a Ponzi scheme, early participants in the scheme get paid by future participants in the scheme, and the way USAPonzi is structured if you want to be a citizen of the USA you are required to participate.

American Exceptionalism

We have begun to hear some high profile discussion as to whether or not America and Americans are exceptional.  I am of the opinion that the United States is the bastion of freedom and democracy for the free world and one of the most productive and successful countries in history but at the same time I feel that we have dramatically overstated our economic success because of USAPonzi.  We take great pride and comfort in being able to field the most powerful military in the world but to do so we spend more in our defense and the defense of the free world than the next 13 highest defense spending countries in the world combined but we cannot afford this level of spending.  We take pride in providing social benefits to our citizens in need but we have made commitments that cannot possibly be kept.   And we continue to be an attractive country for immigrants because of our apparent economic success.  However, much of the reported productivity and economic success of America in the last 46 years is an illusion that can be attributed to the USAPonzi scheme that is analyzed on this website( 


American Economic Exceptionalism Explained

American Economic Exceptionalism (and USAPonzi) can be explained in two sentences:   The Federal Government has made social benefit commitments and other budget commitments that are unaffordable, since fiscal year 1969 has not been taxing nearly enough to adequately fund these commitments, has been immediately "borrowing" and spending every penny of the money meant to fund our social benefit trust funds, and each year has been borrowing or printing even more money to support our total annual spending appetite.  The Federal Government, since fiscal year 1969, has been dramatically understating the magnitude of this overcommitting, overspending, and undertaxing by using fraudulent accounting techniques.

We have been doing this for so long it now seems okay!!!!

But couldn't you live a more lavish lifestyle if you did not save even one penny for your retirement and future emergencies and on top of that could borrow or print more money each and every year to supplement your day to day living expenses?

Well, that is what the U.S. Government has been doing for 46 years!!!

The U.S. Government is overcommitting, overspending, undertaxing, lying, and bankrupt!!!

The U.S. Government is operating

"The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet"


Archive Commentaries:

July 2, 2014 U.S. Government-A Lawless Enterprise

June 8, 2014 U.S. "Real" GDP June 2014

April 14, 2014 Fifth Letter to SEC: SEC Letter Apr 14, 2014

Mar 1, 2014 U.S. Total Assets Bubble

Feb 18, 2014 The Rich Get Richer/The Poor get Poorer

Feb 4, 2014 The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report today that states that the 2014 Cash deficit is now expected to be down to only $514B due largely to increases in tax revenues that are now expected to be $3,000B.   This $514B Cash deficit compares to my estimate of a $6,422B GAAP deficit for Fiscal Year 2014.  This means that if the Government was reporting our financial results with proper accounting the deficit would be 12.7 times larger than what the Government is reporting.   Since tax revenues are now expected to be $3,000B in Fiscal Year 2014 and our GAAP deficit is estimated to be $6,422B, we are spending and increasing our promises to spend by more than 3.14 times our income. (($3,000B+$6,422B)/$3,000B=3.14) 

This means that on an average day in Fiscal Year 2014 we take in $8.2B from current taxpayers and we take $17.6B from future taxpayers! 

This means that while the Fed is printing $75B a month the Federal Government is virtually printing $535B a month.   This all started with LBJ's Unified Budget and the continued use of Cash Accounting.  By taking just a little bit from future taxpayers each day for now nearly 46 years and increasing that amount each day we are now taking $17.6B a day and have taken a total of $93.8 Trillion from future taxpayers and given it to current citizens and businesses.

Is it any wonder that Bill Gates and Warren Buffett are multi-billionaires.  Is it any wonder that we have 1,426 billionaires.  Is it any wonder that we have millions of millionaires.  Is it any wonder that we have hundreds of billion dollar companies.  Is it any wonder that we have 287 billion dollar hedge funds.  Is it any wonder that the stock market goes up nearly every day.  

USAPonzi ( is pumping $17.6B (and going up about 5% year) into the U.S. economy every day and all because of a simple little accounting trick by LBJ so that he could make it look like he balanced his Fiscal Year 1969 budget.

Feb 3, 2014 What happens when USAPonzi implodes?   Could Washington DC suffer a plight similar to that of Detroit?  Washington DC-A Coming Ghost Town?

Jan 28, 2014 Today the SEC acknowledged receipt of my Whistleblower Complaint.

Jan 24, 2014 Page "My Recommendations" on this website details the actions I feel we should take to get us as a country on a stable, sustainable fiscal path.

Jan 17, 2014 This article Task Force Report Urges Municipalities to Stop Hiding Fiscal Troubles explains how inapproriate accounting by Municipalities is misleading their citizenry.  Use of inappropriate/fraudulent accounting is precisely how USAPonzi is misleading U.S. citizens.

Dec 11, 2013 Our Government is Totally Broke! An article from Yahoo Finance (October 7, 2013) by Laurence Kotlikoff, Professor of Economics Boston Univerisity. 




This website is provided to present my views as to the state of the U.S. (and world) economy.  It is my contention that many national governments, many state and local governments, and some companies are making financial commitments to their constituents that are unsustainable and as a result these entities are running Ponzi schemes. 

The U.S. Federal Government has been using fraudulent accounting for 46 years (since fiscal year 1969)

and as a result is running 

"The Biggest Ponzi Scheme on the Planet" (USAPonzi). 

This fraud would be exposed immediately if only the U. S. Federal Government would follow it's own rules and report it's financial condition using GAAP accounting or better yet with Fiscal Gap accounting.

There is now an effort underway to bring a bipartisan bill (the INFORM ACT) to congress that essentially requires that the Federal Government prepare GAAP-basis financial statements annually but actually would take our financial assessment and reporting to full disclosure of all of our future liabilities and commitments with Fiscal Gap accounting.

The INFORM ACT is a bipartisan bill introduced, in the Senate, by Senator Kaine (Democrat from Virginia) and Senator Thune (Republican from South Dakota) and co-sponsored by Senator Coons (Democrat from Delaware) and Senator Portman (Republican from Ohio). Congressman Cooper (Democrat from Tennessee) and Congressman Shock (Republican from Illinois) have introduced the bill in the House.

The INFORM ACT requires the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the General Accountability Office (GAO), and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to do fiscal gap and generational accounting on an annual basis to assess the sustainability of fiscal policy and measure, on a comprehensive basis, the fiscal obligations facing our children and future generations. The ACT also permits Congress to request fiscal gap accounting and generational accounting to evaluate major proposed changes to fiscal policy.


This bill has been endorsed by over 1000 economists, including 17 Nobel Laureates in Economics.

Because of this USAPonzi scheme the United States is headed toward what is called, in mathematics, a point of discontinuity for our Government's financial system.   In Ponzi scheme parlance, you would call it the implosion point; i.e. the point when the investors in the Ponzi scheme come to the realization that the "owner" of the Ponzi scheme cannot continue to pay returns to them at the rate the scheme is promising.   Unfortunately, when such a point is reached in a financial system, the result is called "bankruptcy".

The global financial system approached this point of discontinuity in 2008 but the chief Ponzi master (the U.S. Government) doubled down on the system with fiscal stimulus and financial backing for the GSEs, the 'too big to fail" banks, and the automotive industry.   This so far has appeared to work, but the big kahuna problem of the U.S. Government's Ponzi scheme was not resolved (or even addressed) by these actions, it was only kicked down the road by adding $6.2 Trillion to our Federal Debt and $19.8 Trillion to our Federal Obligation just over the fiscal years 2009-2012! (see details in Table 1 of Cooking the Books!)   We have now completed fiscal year 2013 (ended September 30, 2013) and I do not have the official financial report for FY2013 but unofficially we added $688 Billion to our Federal Debt during this past fiscal year.  Plus we went on a "Borrowing Binge" after fiscal year 2013 ended and just after the Goverment Shutdown; immediately borrowing $328.3 Billion in one day.   (see Government Shutdown Oct 2013 )

About the website.

This website includes a series of website pages and White Papers that attempt to present the rationale for why I have this view and also includes my thoughts (see My Recommendations) on how we might escape this Ponzi scheme that Congress has created over the past several decades.  The pace of this Ponzi scheme has accelerated since the turn of the millennium and therefore the analysis presented on this website and the associated White Papers focuses on that period.

This website and the associated White Papers are made available for informational purposes and the conclusions presented herein are my own personal views.  While I accept full responsiblity for any errors that presented in these documents, I want my readers to know that I am not responsible for this Ponzi scheme nor am I culpable in any of the reprecussions that may arise caused by the implosion of USAPonzi.   I am merely documenting my interpretation of what I am observing.

These documents were prepared at different points in time and therefore some of the data in one document may differ somewhat from other documents as it is my intent to provide current status of the information in each writing.

Qvalue definition:

On various pages on this website you will see the term Qvalue used.   This term means the "questionable value" of the massive GAAP-basis Deficit spending that USAPonzi has presented to the U.S. and global economy over the last 46 years ( estimates this to be $91.7 Trillion by September 30, 2013).   It is questionable because it is not sustainable.   Much of this Qvalue will evaporate when USAPonzi implodes much like the value of the Madoff client portfolios evaporated when Madoff Ponzi imploded (see Phantom Money).

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Related websites and reports: realtime estimate of U.S. debt and related parameters realtime estimate of U.S. Financial Burden
This website is no longer supported. John Williams' "Shadow Government Statistics" No. 500 Special Commentary February 5, 2013

Note: I used the Comeback America Initiative data as my primary source for financial data for this website and the associated White Papers for writings published before midyear 2013 when I switched to

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

U.S. Government Financial Data (1969-2013)  Source:

Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff Professor of Economics Boston University on USAWatchdog
Dr. Kotlikoff explains legislation that he is supporting (actually drafted the wording in the legislation) to get the Government to abide by proper accounting standards.
This legislation is endorsed by over 1000 economists including 15 Nobel Laureates in Economics.

Dr. Laurence Kotlikoff: "Our Government is Totally Broke" 

Dallas Morning News-News Tip Sept 10, 2014


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