Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Trillions plus...

The Congressional Budget Office reported yesterday that this year's federal budget deficit will be lower than expected. They thought we'd be 1.4 trillion overdrawn, but instead it was only 1.35 trillion dollars.

Wow!  Uncle Sam sure can manage money. My budget is balanced. Common sense requires it. Maybe someday I'll learn how to do some deficit spending like my esteemed representatives in the House and Senate.

Frankly I don't think they understand what a trillion is.

For most of us it's difficult to fathom what a trillion dollars really is.

It's a million millions, or a thousand billions, but beyond that it is hard to understand what a trillion is except to spend it like it was taxpayer money.

If we look at it another way the understanding of the amount becomes mind boggling.

If someone started counting seconds, like one...two....three, the moment that Jesus was born that person would be up to just over sixty five billion seconds now.

That's 6.5% of a trillion.

It takes thirty one thousand seven hundred years to count to a trillion seconds.

That is three hundred and seventeen centuries and we are only in the very beginning of the 21st century. Somebody, maybe Congress, ought to count a lot faster for as of yesterday we are 12.3 trillion dollars in debt.

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