December 11, 2009


We use the word trillion dollars as though it was absolutely commonplace and every day language;  so much so that everyone must have a trillion, be happy to give you a loan, I have plenty more where that came from.   In reality, most of us will never see a million dollars much less a billion and certainly not a trillion.  The trillion dollar figure is usually associated with our US deficit and our national debt.   That’s where we most often hear the number used.  Just this week, we read about Congress “needing” to raise the debt ceiling another $1.8 trillion to keep the FED operating.  The thought is they will ask now to avoid having to ask prior to the 2010 elections.  That wouldn’t look good at all would it?  $1.8 trillion dollars—absolutely ridiculous!

Do you really know how much a trillion is?  Let’s take a look at some numbers.

  • 1 trillion is 1 million million
  • 1 trillion is 1,000 billion
  • 1 trillion is 1 with 12 zeros; i.e. 1,000,000,000,000
  • It is $39,365.95 for every man, woman and child in the United States. ( Of course that does not include illegal aliens. )
  • If you spent 1 million dollars per day, beginning the exact day Jesus was born, you would still have 726 years before you spent it all.

Really big number right.   Our Federal deficit is $1.4 trillion dollars.  Our national debt is (are you ready for this one?)  $12,103,309,193,440.45.  Don’t forget the $0.45.  The IRS will chase you down for that.

Twelve trillion eggs would weigh a little over thirteen million tons. Twelve trillion gallons of milk would easily fill Lake Superior—four times over.  Last year, the interest on $12 trillion was a mere $385 billion dollars.

Some economists say that our total debt, due to unfunded liabilities; i.e. social security, Medicare, medicade, food stamps, etc ,is approximately $100 trillion dollars.  Do you know whose picture is on a trillion dollar bill?  YOU’RE GRANDKIDS AND YOUR GREAT GRANDKIDS.

Isn’t it about time Congress calls a halt to the spending and the bleeding?  Do you know that there are over 5,000 “earmarks” in the newly proposed health care bill?

What if we changed our Constitution so that we had permanent representation—FOR LIFE?    Incumbents forever !!!!!!   No more pesky opponents, no more campaigns, no more fund-raising, no more lying to get our vote, no more kissing up to special interest groups for their campaign donations.  There would be no real need for party affiliation.  Instead of  having the “publicans and the sinners” we would have the American Party, or better yet, no party at all.   No need to “bring home the bacon”.  Would this situation create a reduction in spending?  Quite frankly, I think not.  It is time to THROW THE BUMS OUT! Let’s start all over.  Lets air out the halls of Congress.  Surely there are men and women with a modicum of integrity left in this country who would be willing to serve their fellow man.



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    • cielotech Says:

      Hello 0 85–Thank you so much for the very kind words. I must admit, ONE TRILLION was written with a little bit of frustration. I definitely hope you will come back and take another look. I love writing these posts and hopefully readers will find value-added. Again, many thanks.


  2. Bob Jackson Says:

    Thank you for your reply. This is certainly one I missed. Again, many thanks,
    Bob J.


  3. The Center Square Says:

    As a further example of the trivialization of a trillion dollar, consider that the S&P 500 has increased in value by $4 trillion since March.


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