Well it just so happens that my good friend Brian had emailed me on just that subject the day before and I wish to share it as it did indeed shock me. Feel free to share this with any and all PUBLIC UNION employee (for the moment) so they might get a clue as to what we are talking about,,,,,,,
What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"...A billion dollars...A hundred billion dollars...Eight hundred billion dollars...One TRILLION dollars...
What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, so I thought I'd take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.
We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.
A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...
Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros.
You ready for this? It's pretty surprising.
Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
(See the guy in the red shirt @ the bottom left? Click to embiggen)
Notice those pallets are double stacked....and remember those are $100 bills.
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about.
By the bye, it is worth noting that when G.W. Bush left office after 8 years the National Debt was $10.63 Trillion, or that last illustration x 10 and 3/5 .
After just 2 years of Obama the National Debt is $14 Trillion and change or $14,000,000,000,000.00 or that last illustration x 14. This contiues to grow at a rapid pace as even we sleep.
Now if that is not incomprehensible or better said insane enough for you consider that if Obamas budget as proposed were to pass it would necessarily bring our debt to,,,drum roll,,,$25,000,000,000,000.00 by the end of his 4 year term and that does not even include the compounded interest.