A trillion? It’s hard to imagine

Plenty of big numbers get thrown around in discussions of the nation’s finances. But how do such big numbers translate to things like seconds, leaves or steps?

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Feb 2, 2013 1:00AM
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A trillion of anything is enough to show the stupidity of congress and the government  for spending that much.  More than enough to show  that we need to thrown the whole damn bunch out on the street and get some people in there that know that is too much and stop spending it now!!  Any house wife will tell you that you can not spend what you do not have so STOP.  It's not going to be pleasant or fun but either stop spending or lose it all.  It's real simple unless you are the government.  Its time to stop and now.
Feb 1, 2013 8:57PM
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All the humans on earth would equal a trillion pounds?  That's without Rosey O'Donnell, right?
Feb 1, 2013 11:43PM
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How many trillion lies must OBAMA tell before 51% of the electorate gets wise?
Feb 1, 2013 9:54PM
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This will give you a good idea of how much it is. If you spent one million dollars evey day since the birth of Christ, the last 2012 years, you would only be at 734,380,000,000 which leaves you over two hundred billion from a trillion.
Feb 1, 2013 11:30PM
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WHY DON'T YOU ASK OBAMA AND THE DEMOCRATS? THEY SEEM TO KNOW HOW MUCH MONEY TO SPEND ESPECIALLY

WHEN IT'S NOT THEIR MONEY TO SPEND!

Feb 2, 2013 10:12AM
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This was a interesting article. Just don't tell Obama what comes after a Triilon.
Feb 1, 2013 9:47PM
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This is easy... Lets just ask our trusting government who takes it from us... Its nothing really... Keep raising the ceiling... Thats how much it is...
Feb 2, 2013 12:53AM
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And the gubmint tosses that around like pocket change. God help us all.
Feb 2, 2013 12:58AM
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What about $17 trillions? If one trillion is so huge, then we will never see the end of this administration deficit. How many people's generations is it going to take. This is dementia.
Feb 2, 2013 8:35PM
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And we owe 16.5 of those babies soon to be 22+......

I've read several articles lately with "economists" saying it's not that big a deal right now and they site Japan as an example that we can keep going.....what a joke.  Just goes to show you that one thing Ivy League and other respected economists have in common is an IQ about the equal of a sink of dirty dishes.
Feb 3, 2013 7:10AM
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Ya ll go ask oblamo...he spends BIG Bucks  that don't belong to him...

Sad that American Taxpayers have to pay for HIS Stupidity...

I didnt vote for the SOB...

Feb 1, 2013 11:37PM
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Another way to look at a trillion - if I gave you $10 per second, 24/7, it would take 3,171 years to reach a trillion dollars. (Might be off a tad due to leap years).
Feb 3, 2013 9:57AM
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Not too hard to imagine for the schmucks in Washington! They are all schmucks both sides of the aisle!
Feb 2, 2013 1:45AM
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Read this one years ago~~

 

If you take $100 bills and stack them-

 

up one million would be 6 inches tall

 

one billion would be 66 feet tall and

 

one trillion would be 66 MILES tall!!

Feb 1, 2013 11:45PM
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here is the answer every one is waiting for .

1,000,000,000,000 = trillion

Feb 1, 2013 9:26PM
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It's a thousand thousand thousand thousand.  Trivial.
Feb 1, 2013 10:58PM
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If you divide the more than $16 trillion debt among the slightly more than 300 million population. How much would we each owe?
Feb 2, 2013 12:28AM
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Its a lot of billions... and we owe lots of trillions. 
Feb 2, 2013 1:07AM
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A trillion dollars in $100.00 bills would cover an entire football field and stand as high as the statue of liberty according to the Ziet Giest movies
Feb 2, 2013 3:39PM
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Let's see, I kind of find this somewhat interesting and stupid, at the same time..

 

Good job on the math...

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