Framing the Dialogue

Trillion (tril – yen)

Trillion is defined as:

“a number represented by 1 followed by 12 zeros or an indefinite but very large number.”

It seems like the folks in Washington, D.C have successfully made the leap from billions of dollars to trillions of dollars.  What amazes me is how little uproar there is from the government funders (AKA taxpayers) as these massive numbers are bandied about.

Can you use it in a sentence?

“The Congressional Budget Office on Friday said that, if the Obama budget unveiled last month were approved, the federal government would run deficits averaging nearly $1 trillion a year over the next decade.”

Note:  That sentence was courtesy of the Wall Street Journal.  You can read the entire article here.

Can you give me an example?

Example 1:  If you started spending a million dollars every day since Jesus was born, you still would not have spent $1,000,000,000,000.  In fact it would take you an additional 725 YEARS to finally spend a trillion dollars.

Example 2:  For the atheists – If you started spending a million dollars every day since an unspecified carbon based life form, that was not aborted in 4 BC, you still would not have spent $1,000,000,000,000.  In fact it would take you an additional 725 YEARS to finally spend a trillion dollars.

Example 3:  If you had a trillion pennies they would weigh nearly as much as a half a million elephants.

Example 4:  If you aligned one-dollar bills on their side they would circle the Earth nearly 2.75 times (67,866 miles).  Please visit Digital Inspirations if you want more. 

My intent is not to trivialize how much money the federal government is spending, but to give some scale to what they are doing to us.  Here is one more example that should be sobering:

What is the cost projection per U.S. taxpayer (est. number of taxpayers 138,400,000)?

  • 2009: $7,225.00
  • 2010: $14,451.00
  • 2011: $21,676.00
  • 2012: $28,902.00   Are you sick yet? 
  • 2013: $36,127.00
  • 2014: $43,353.00
  • 2015: $50,578.00
  • 2016: $57,803.00  (the debt would exceed the average U.S.household income)

Sigh!

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  1. Full Court Press - Framing the Dialogue says:

    […] and finally…the federal government will have issued approximately $7 Trillion in debt by the end of the fiscal year (September 30).  That is $7,000,000,000,000.00 for those of you who like zeros…seven trillion dollars! […]

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