This one I have revived from the original Tea Party Nation website. The impetus for bringing it back was seeing the mind boggling Forum post entitled "U.S. National Debt Clock"
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 a fellow took 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, slightly 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...

(And notice those pallets are double stacked, all hundred dollar bills.)
Just about an acre of tightly packed hundred dollar bills, 6ft high, and weighing about 3,300 tons.

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about!

And remember, they are now talking about adding 10 trillion in new debt.... More debt than our country accumulated in over 220 years....

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Comment by Paul Hunt Jr. on October 18, 2010 at 1:17pm
When the load gets too big for this nation to support (we're there now) we'll all be looking for work. That is usually when the people that created the problem steps in with their "solutions". It worked for the Nazis and the Bolsheviks. History says that it won't work. Gimme Freedom any day!
Comment by Vern Shotwell on June 4, 2009 at 7:51am
The more problems the better, he thinks!
Cannot list 'em all, take too long and you know them.
"Never waste a good crisis" - Rahm Emanuel

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