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How much is a trillion?

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by PLC1, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. PLC1

    PLC1 Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 20, 2007
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    The Golden State
    Since we've been talking about trillion dollar deficits, probably more than a trillion in the current fiscal year, let's see if we can picture what a trillion dollars looks like.

    If you were the most generous employer in the world, paying your factory workers $1,000 per hour, and if you had 1,000 workers, your payroll would be a million dollars an hour. Each worker would have a check for $80,000 every two weeks, before taxes, of course.

    At that rate, you'd be paying $40 million for a 40 hour week, and, assuming your factory was in operation for 52 weeks of the year, your yearly cost would be $2,080,000,000 per year.

    At that rate, you could operate your thousand dollar an hour factory for nearly 500 years before spending your first trillion dollars.

    Seen another way, a $100 bill weighs in at a scant one gram when it is newly minted.

    Of course, as it ages, it loses some of the paper, and most likely gains a few grains of cocaine, so it still weighs around a gram.

    A thousand grams is a kilogram, and a thousand kilograms is a ton, so a million hundreds would weigh a metric ton.

    A billion hundreds would weigh a thousand tons, then, and ten billion would weigh ten thousand tons.

    A trillion dollars in hundreds would weigh in at ten thousand metric tons. It would take a thousand ten ton trucks to haul it all.

    That's the kind of deficits the feds are talking about having this year.

    Scary, ain't it?
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  2. BigRob

    BigRob Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2007
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    Obama's first year deficit is projected at $1.8 trillion. So go ahead and double everything you just said.
  3. GenSeneca

    GenSeneca Well-Known Member

    Jun 8, 2008
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    ={CaLiCo}= HQ
    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.


    One Million:


    One Billion:


    One Trillion:


    Notice those pallets are double stacked. ...and remember those are $100 bills.

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  4. TruthAboveAll

    TruthAboveAll Well-Known Member

    May 4, 2007
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    Further North than I'd like
    PLC1 - good analogies. I especially liked the factory one. Many of us can relate to receiving a paycheck, even though we can't imagine what an annual earning of $4.16 million per year (before taxes, of course, and $208,000 after Obama-era taxes...)

    Yes, it is VERY scary. And sickening.

    BigRob - excellent point. Roughly double it...

    GenSeneca - Thank you for another excellent graphic image. I've got to take that site and forward it to all via email...

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