The Credit Crisis: U.S. Taxpayers on the Hook for $9.7 Trillion -- Seeking Alpha As the government has bailed out various companies, guaranteed debt, bought commercial paper, etc, in response to the credit crisis, one of the big questions has been: "how much is all of this going to cost the taxpayer?" Well we now have a very disturbing answer: "$9.7 Trillion." (From Bloomberg): "Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- The stimulus package the U.S. Congress is completing would raise the governments commitment to solving the financial crisis to $9.7 trillion, enough to pay off more than 90 percent of the nations home mortgages. The Federal Reserve, Treasury Department and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation have lent or spent almost $3 trillion over the past two years and pledged up to $5.7 trillion more. The Senate is to vote this week on an economic-stimulus measure of at least $780 billion. It would need to be reconciled with an $819 billion plan the House approved last month. Only the stimulus bill to be approved this week, the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program passed four months ago and $168 billion in tax cuts and rebates enacted in 2008 have been voted on by lawmakers. The remaining $8 trillion is in lending programs and guarantees, almost all under the Fed and FDIC. Recipients names have not been disclosed. Weve seen money go out the back door of this government unlike any time in the history of our country, Senator Byron Dorgan , a North Dakota Democrat, said on the Senate floor Feb. 3. Nobody knows what went out of the Federal Reserve Board, to whom and for what purpose. How much from the FDIC? How much from TARP? When? Why? ...... Now the first thing to keep in mind is that we're actually at risk for an amount that's far greater than $9.7 trillion, because it's all borrowed money and you have to add interest expense to the total. Furthermore the cost of servicing the debt (even if we're only on the hook for say 25-50%) will impact us in other ways, whether it's budget cuts, higher taxes, etc, etc.