The total national debt didn’t hit $1 trillion until October 1981.
One other national debt statistic I probably uniquely monitor is this: The dollar trajectory of the national debt started shooting upward when Nancy Pelosi became House Speaker after the 2006 blue wave midterms, she formally got the gavel on January 3, 2007. In all the time since that day, either she has been House Speaker or Baraq Obama has been President of the United States, and relevant Republican Party officials in that time span have mostly aided and abetted their profligacy, those being George W. Bush, the aforementioned Sir Orange, or the current House Speaker, Eddie Munster. So I subtract the current national debt from the national debt on January 3, 2007, then divide. As of end of April reporting 54.7% of American history’s national debt has been the doings of Pelosi/Obama.
Before I get any e-mails, I know, it’s not entirely a fair comparison, percent of GDP is better, yadda yadda.
Of course, I’m typing this for nothing, because I know that nobody gives a shit, and nobody’s going to give a shit as long as enough people and institutions are buying T-Bills. And people are going to keep buying T-Bills as long as the interest rate climate outside of T-Bills sux rox, and as long as the American military is or seems to be by far the world’s most powerful.