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WELCOME TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA): PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

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2016's USA Presidential Election: A Retrospective

Donald Trump trailed Hillary Clinton in the polls right up to election day. Although most experts and pollsters predicted that Donald Trump had little chance of winning the election, he managed to pull off an upset victory. The moral of the 2016 USA Presidential election story is this: You win some, and you lose some. In these kinds of electoral competitions, somebody has to win, and somebody has to lose. The losing team simply has to go back to the drawing board and develop new plans to perform better during the next election cycle. Life goes on.










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AMERICA'S PAST

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AMERICA'S PRESENT

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1 of 7. Present-Day USA Public (Government) Sector Operations: Federal Deficit History Since 2000

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2 of 7. Present-Day USA Public (Government) Sector Operations: Federal Debt History Since 2000

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Fiscal Year 2015: Schedule of Federal Debt
Debt Held by the Public Amount (in Billions) Percent Public Debt
DEBT HELD BY THE PUBLIC AS PRIVATE INVESTMENTS
Treasury bills marketable securties held by public investors 1,355,231 10.33%
Treasury notes marketable securties held by public investors 8,366,026 63.75%
Treasury bonds marketable securties held by public investors 1,688,208 12.86%
Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS) marketable securties held by public investors 1,135,363 8.65%
Treasury floating rate notes (FRN) marketable securties held by public investors 287,039 2.19%
Domestic Series nonmarketable securities held by public investors 29,995 0.23%
Foreign Series Nonmarketable securities held by public investors 264 0.00%
State and Local Government Series Nonmarketable securities held by public investors 78,115 0.60%
United States Savings Securities nonmarketable securities held by public investors 172,826 1.32%
Government Account Series Nonmarketable securities held by public investors 9,138 0.07%
Other Nonmarketable securities held by public investors 1,642 0.01%
Total Treasury securities (public) 13,123,847 100.00%
INTRAGOVERNMENTAL DEBT HOLDINGS
Debt Held by Federal Government Accounts Amount Percent Intragovernmental Debt
Social Security Administration, Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund 2,766,649 55.18%
Office of Personnel Management, Civil Service Retirement and Disability Fund 718,952 14.34%
Department of Defense, Military Retirement Fund 530,960 10.59%
Department of Defense, Medicare-Eligible Retiree Health Care Fund 205,793 4.10%
Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Hospital Insurance Fund 195,458 3.90%
Department of Health and Human Services, Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Fund 66,128 1.32%
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, The Deposit Insurance Fund 60,096 1.20%
Department of Energy, Nuclear Waste Disposal Fund 51,812 1.03%
Office of Personnel Management, Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund 45,237 0.90%
Department of Labor, Unemployment Trust Fund 44,368 0.88%
Office of Personnel Management, Employees Life Insurance Fund 43,958 0.88%
Social Security Administration, Federal Disability Insurance Trust Fund 41,638 0.83%
Office of Personnel Management, Employees Health Benefits Fund 23,018 0.46%
Department of the Treasury, Exchange Stabilization Fund 20,773 0.41%
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation Fund 18,492 0.37%
Department of State, Foreign Service Retirement and Disability Fund 18,144 0.36%
Department of Housing and Urban Development, FHA, Mutual Mortgage Insurance Capital Reserve Account 14,733 0.29%
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Guarantees of Mortgage-Backed Securities Capital Reserve Account 12,772 0.25%
Department of Transportation, Airport and Airway Trust Fund 12,716 0.25%
National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund 11,584 0.23%
All other programs and funds 110,680 2.21%
Total intragovernmental debt holdings 5,013,961 100.00%
GRAND TOTAL FEDERAL DEBT OUTSTANDING AS OF 2015 18,137,808  

Source: Note 11. Federal Debt Securities

Note: There is a slight and insignificant difference in the USA debt totals shown in the above table when compared to the totals depicted in the above debt chart. The difference between the two totals is attributable to the use of different data sources. Both sources conclude with a 2015 USA debt of $18.1 trillion.



Major Foreign Holders of U.S. Treasury Securities as of Year 2015
Country Amount Held as of Dec 2015 (in Billions) Percent
China, Mainland $1,246.1 20.27%
Japan $1,122.6 18.26%
Ireland $265.1 4.31%
Brazil $254.8 4.14%
Cayman Islands $248.4 4.04%
Switzerland $231.9 3.77%
United Kingdom $207.2 3.37%
Luxembourg $200.5 3.26%
Hong Kong $200.2 3.26%
Taiwan $178.7 2.91%
Belgium $121.7 1.98%
Saudi Arabia $119.1 1.94%
India $116.8 1.90%
Singapore $110.3 1.79%
Russia $92.1 1.50%
Germany $74.7 1.22%
Korea, South $74.6 1.21%
Canada $72.4 1.18%
Mexico $72.2 1.17%
United Arab Emirates $69.5 1.13%
Norway $69.1 1.12%
Turkey $64.6 1.05%
France $61.6 1.00%
Bermuda $59.8 0.97%
Netherlands $49.2 0.80%
Philippines $43.0 0.70%
Sweden $39.4 0.64%
Thailand $39.1 0.64%
Colombia $37.0 0.60%
Spain $36.2 0.59%
Italy $34.6 0.56%
Kuwait $31.7 0.52%
Australia $30.6 0.50%
Poland $30.2 0.49%
Chile $27.3 0.44%
Kazakhstan $22.6 0.37%
Denmark $21.1 0.34%
Israel $20.8 0.34%
Indonesia $20.6 0.34%
Oman $20.0 0.33%
Iraq $19.4 0.32%
Peru $12.5 0.20%
Vietnam $12.3 0.20%
South Africa $10.2 0.17%
All Other $256.3 4.17%
Grand Total (Trillions) $6,148.1 100.00%
SUMMARY BY TYPE OF DEBT HELD
Summary of Foreign Holders of USA Debt Amount Held as of Dec 2015 (in Billions) Percent
Treasury Bills $336.7 5.48%
T-Bonds & Notes $3,757.9 61.12%
Other $2,053.5 33.40%
Grand Total (Trillions) $6,148.1 100.00%

Source: Portfolio Holdings of U.S. and Foreign Securities

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3 of 7. Present-Day USA Public (Government) Sector Operations: Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1 to September 30) Federal Receipts

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4 of 7. Present-Day USA Public (Government) Sector Operations: 2015 Federal Outlays

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Federal Civilian Employment by Branch and Agency: 2013 [As of September 2013. Excludes Central Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency; the Defense Intelligence Agency; and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency]
Branch 2013 (Number of Employees) Percent
Legislative Branch 28,672 1.05%
Judicial Branch 33,776 1.24%
Executive Branch 2,668,103 97.71%
Total USA Government Employment 2,730,551 100.00%

Source: Employment and Trends - September 2013

5 of 7. Present-Day USA Private (Business) Sector Operations: 2010 Employment

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Number of Firms, Number of Establishments, and Number Employed in the United States, All Industries (Private Sector Workforce Only): 2013
NAICS Code NAICS Description Number of Firms Number of Establishments Number Employed
11 Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting 21,407 22,111 154,496
21 Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction 21,973 28,720 732,186
22 Utilities 5,909 18,004 638,575
23 Construction 646,433 658,483 5,470,181
31-33 Manufacturing 251,857 292,094 11,276,438
42 Wholesale Trade 312,540 419,648 5,908,763
44-45 Retail Trade 651,968 1,063,616 15,023,362
48-49 Transportation and Warehousing 169,741 215,547 4,287,236
51 Information 71,920 135,627 3,266,084
52 Finance and Insurance 234,839 472,242 6,063,761
53 Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 276,497 357,533 1,972,105
54 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 781,291 869,445 8,275,350
55 Management of Companies and Enterprises 26,667 52,909 3,098,762
56 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 329,221 393,354 10,185,297
61 Educational Services 86,483 98,104 3,513,469
62 Health Care and Social Assistance 646,773 843,603 18,598,711
71 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation 116,955 126,952 2,112,000
72 Accommodation and Food Services 504,228 673,810 12,395,387
81 Other Services (except Public Administration) 671,816 734,406 5,282,688
99 Industries not classified 12,145 12,145 0
Total   5,840,663 7,488,353 118,254,851

Source: Statistics of U.S. Businesses

Number of Firms, Number of Establishments, Employment, and Annual Payroll by Enterprise Employment Size for the United States, All Industries: 2013

6 of 7. Present-Day USA Private (Business) Sector Operations: Unemployment Trends

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national unemployment rate, 2000 - 2015


USA Unemployment Trend: Public and Private Workforce
Year Total Employed Total Unemployed Percent Unemployed
2000 136,891,000 5,692,000 4.0%
2001 136,933,000 6,801,000 4.7%
2002 136,485,000 8,378,000 5.8%
2003 137,736,000 8,774,000 6.0%
2004 139,252,000 8,149,000 5.5%
2005 141,730,000 7,591,000 5.1%
2006 144,427,000 7,001,000 4.6%
2007 146,047,000 7,078,000 4.6%
2008 145,362,000 8,924,000 5.8%
2009 139,877,000 14,265,000 9.3%
2010 139,064,000 14,825,000 9.6%
2011 139,869,000 13,747,000 8.9%
2012 142,469,000 12,506,000 8.1%
2013 143,929,000 11,460,000 7.4%
2014 146,305,000 9,617,000 6.2%
2015 148,834,000 8,296,000 5.3%

Source: Employment Status of the Civilian Noninstitutional Population, 1945 to Date

See also: Bureau of Labor Statistics Data: (Seasonally Adjusted) Unemployment Rate

poverty levels

Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 2010 to 2014
Year Population Estimate Number of Residents Living in Poverty Poverty Rate
2000 278,944,450 31,581,090 11.32%
2001 281,474,940 32,906,510 11.69%
2002 285,317,350 34,569,950 12.12%
2003 287,699,180 35,861,170 12.46%
2004 290,616,540 37,039,800 12.75%
2005 293,134,550 36,949,570 12.60%
2006 296,449,870 36,459,670 12.30%
2007 298,698,990 37,275,580 12.48%
2008 301,041,180 39,828,860 13.23%
2009 303,819,660 43,568,970 14.34%
2010 306,130,290 46,343,170 15.14%
2011 308,456,000 46,247,100 14.99%
2012 310,648,000 46,496,000 14.97%
2013 313,096,000 46,269,000 14.78%
2014 315,804,000 46,657,000 14.77%

Source: Number in Poverty and Poverty Rate: 2010 to 2014

Definitions of Poverty in the USA as of 2014
Household Unit Total Household Income Earned Per Year
One person household earning less than $12,071
Two-person household earning less than $15,379
Three-person household earning less than $18,850
Four-person household earning less than $24,230
Five-person household earning less than $28,695
Six-person household earning less than $32,473
Seven-person household earning less than $36,927
Eight-person household earning less than $40,968
Nine-person household earning less than $49,021

Source: Poverty Thresholds

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7 of 7. Present-Day USA Consumer Sector: Individual, Family, and Household Operations

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Despite its present-day fiscal and budgetary challenges, despite its present-day challenges with substance abuse, despite its present-day challenges with political bickering, and despite its present-day challenges with gunplay, the USA remains a land of opportunity and freedom. The USA remains a place where Slumdog Millionaire kinds of dreams really do come true.

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This page is titled "USA Welcome". I should qualify the title by stating that the "USA Welcome" phrase seems only to apply to legal visitors and legal immigrants. The USA does not appear to be quite as welcoming of the downtrodden who enter the country illegally. For some USA residents, the words "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" (Emma Lazarus) seem not to apply to illegal immigrants.

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  10. Eliminating the Federal Debt - Plans 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
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  14. USA Consumer Expenditure Trends
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AMERICA'S FUTURE

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...WHILE NOT FORGETTING ANCIENT HUMAN HISTORY...

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...NOR FORGETTING HUMAN CONNECTIONS TO THE ANIMAL WORLD AND THE CYCLE OF LIFE ON EARTH...

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...NOR FORGETTING HUMAN CONNECTIONS TO THE PLANT KINGDOM...

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...AS HUMANS STRIVE TO "BREAKAWAY" AND ACHIEVE A "HIGHER GROUND" OF EXISTENCE AND CONSCIOUSNESS

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