The national debt is just a billion dollars shy of $19.7 trillion. Since it has been increasing so fast recently (up $187 billion in the last week), I think if it breaks this barrier within the next week, that would be a really bad sign. So let's hope the Treasury has enough money for now. If it is still below $19.7 trillion by 10/20/16, let's breathe a sigh of relief. It is breaks the barrier, it may be time to freak out.