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Publié par Twostein sur 10 Mars 2009, 09:45am

Catégories : #Billet d'humeur politique

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

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.

Go ahead...

Scroll down...
adies 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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