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Old 03-21-2009, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Y-Town Area
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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?

Ladies and gentlemen... I give you $1 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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Old 03-21-2009, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Southern Oregon
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Here's a link to the site where is info was taken, just in case you wanted to see what a trillion dollars look like. Very impressive.

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:21 PM
 
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Fantastic thread Kerby W-R,

Just what I would expect from you. If anyone can read your post, it seems that all you wanted to say is that "This is what a trillion dollars looks like."

But, since you brought it up, I will remind voters that Barack has intentions of spending 9 trillion dollars over the next eight years. More if Nancy Pelosi has anything to do with it.

Your great, great, grandchildren will be taxed to the hilt because of this, long after this administration is dead. You Kirby seem proud of Democratic decisions. I like it when you boast of wasteful spending at the hand of folks you admire.

Another example of what a trillion dollars of taxpayer money looks like:

If you placed $100 bills end to end, by the time it equalled one trillion dollars, it would circle the Earth 42 times. All hail Congress.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:24 PM
 
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A non-pictorial way to put it:

million seconds = only 3% of a year
billion seconds = 32 years
trillion seconds = 32,000 years
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:37 PM
 
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Quit being so dramatic.

There are so many trillions of dollars floating around, maybe it's time the Federal Reserve just print out Trillion Dollar Bills so people won't get so emotional about it all.

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon it adds up to real money.

Hell, you're just acknowledging the quantitative value.

The qualitative value diminishes proportionally to the increased quantitative value.

The more there is, the less each one is worth.

A bucket of sand might have billions of grains of sand - but it's only sand!

Get real, man! It's only . . . . MONEY!
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Well if you were going to spend that much you would need to spend $31,710 every second of every hour of every day for 1 year. Not een the most experienced Neiman Marcus shopper could pull this one off.
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Old 03-21-2009, 01:52 PM
 
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Fantastic thread Kerby W-R,


But, since you brought it up, I will remind voters that Barack has intentions of spending 9 trillion dollars over the next eight years. More if Nancy Pelosi has anything to do with it.
If only it were so. His proposed budgets results in a $9 trillion dollar deficit over the next eight years.

From the Whitehouse website:

YEAR EXPENDITURES

FY2010 $3.552
FY2011 $3.625
FY2012 $3.662
FY2013 $3.856
FY2014 $4.069
FY2015 $4.258
FY2016 $4.493
FY2017 $4.678
FY2018 $4.868

TTL $37.06 TRILLION
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:03 PM
 
Location: Rural Northern California
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Quit being so dramatic.

There are so many trillions of dollars floating around, maybe it's time the Federal Reserve just print out Trillion Dollar Bills so people won't get so emotional about it all.
Heh, they're going to have to once inflation catches up.

"Don't forget your lunch money Johnny! Here's a trillion dollars for something healthy." (He won't spend it on something healthy though, the chubby bastard will probably spend it on Doritos and a Coke.)
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:14 PM
 
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Not even the most experienced Neiman Marcus shopper could pull this one off.
No but imagine all the fun you'd have trying..
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:31 PM
 
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There is some jovial discourse here, and that's good.

But, everything Obama is proposing doesn't have to become reality.

Depending on where you're coming from, some of it seems necessary.

I think none of it is necessary. Boom, several trillions of dollars have just been saved.


Americans can now get back to work, believing that it might be meaningful.


Even though Barack was elected with shining fans the likes of those that melted over Elvis, we still have a chance to see him for who he is. Stop the gross spending in Congress, and don't allow Obama to waste your money on crappy programs. That means voting for responsible newbies in 2010.
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