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What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
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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.
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Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 trillion dollars...
$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

(And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “trillion dollars“... that’s what they‘re talking about.

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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I know it really doesn’t....I think it’s like 7 or 8 football fields....double stacked....absolutely insane!



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      Darla5 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Here is something my brother sent me last week.  

      How Much is 1 Trillion Dollars really?
      Here’s one way to think about it. We could spend one million dollars every day since the day Jesus was born and we would still not have one trillion dollars. Do the math. Let’s say Jesus was born about 2012 years ago. 2012×365.2 = 734,782.4. So if we spent one million dollars every day since the day Jesus was born, we’d have spent $734,782,400,000 or almost 735 billon dollars. The numbers we are dealing with are staggering. This is, of course, on top of what we have already spent in corporate bailouts and our oppressive debt left over from the last 40 years of overspending.  

      And yet our criminal government speaks of trillions of dollars so casually these days. It’s utter insanity.

      Here’s another way to look at it.  1 second x 1 Trillion = 31,709.8 years



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      Denise Richardson wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Wow! thanks for the break down of it all Mary.



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      Bluerose wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Can I roll around in it?



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I am furious....not to mention all of the earmarks he included that he said he wouldn’t do.  

      All the hype...all the promises...are just mere transparent words....meaningless....but then again...this was all predicted too.  

      I hate to see what the next 50 days are going to bring.  I see nothing good in the horizon.  

      But oh wait....we‘re going to get an extra $13 a week in our paychecks.....how could I forget!!!!!  Wow....what can I buy with that...not even a whole tank of gasoline for my car...and heck..gas prices are down.  It’s a fricken JOKE!!!!frown



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      Bv5 wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • Think about this way of measuring a billion:

      If it was possible to make 1 million dollars a day for the last 2,000 years, it would still be 275 billion dollars short of making a trillion.



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • bv5:  That is just sickening...



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 15, 2009
    • I hope they have enjoyed all of their fringe benefits...their lavished parties....their prostitutes....all the stuff they have stolen and kept from the American people....because people are sick of it..and aren’t going to put up with their behavior anymore.  Greed is the root of all evil.  This is evident.  

      Heck....will we even have a nation in five years?



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      Bv5 wrote Mar 16, 2009
    • The absolute shame is the waste of all this money has caused the value of a dollar to lessen.  While the govenment is printing money, we are seeing all these dire reports on the news about people losing their jobs and then their homes.



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