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What is a Trillion?

Original post made by resident, Adobe-Meadow, on Aug 27, 2009

Earlier this year in March president Obama's budget predicted total deficits for the next decade of nearly $7 trillion. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of his plan put the figure at nearly $9.3 trillion, or a third higher. When the White House was asked why there was such a massive chasm between the two numbers, the White House simply replied that the CBO was wrong.

But with the cover of the Bernanke reappointment the White House finally came clean: yes, the 10-year deficit will be (at least) $9.3 trillion. This projected 10 years of spending will total more debt to this country than the prior 200-years combined. Wow!

So how much is just $1 trillion? That number is so massively large that it is truly incomprehensible.

- Spending $1 million dollars a day for 2,000 years is only three-quarters of a trillion dollars. Said another way, spending $1 million per day...every day...since Jesus was born still doesn't get you to $1 trillion, let alone $9.3 trillion.

- A million seconds is about 11? days. A billion seconds is about 32 years, and a trillion seconds is 32,000 years. Nine trillion seconds is...a really long time!

- The National Cancer Institute has a budget of about $6 billion. You could fund this organization for almost 1,500 years with $9 trillion.

- One trillion $1 bills stacked one on top of the other would reach nearly 68,000 miles (about 109,400 kilometers) into the sky, or about a third of the way from the Earth to the moon.

- A quilt stitched with 1 trillion dollar bills would cover the entire state of Connecticut.

- $1 trillion would support the children of 358,764 octo-moms - from birth through college.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 27, 2009 at 11:11 am

A trillion dollars is what the DoD spends every 20 months with virtually no accountability. A trillion dollars is what the Iraq war cost us to set US interests back in the region for several generations. A trillion dollars worth of socialism saved capitalism from itself.

A trillion dollars spent over 10 years (1/10 trillion (100 billion) dollars per year) could buy decent health care for all Americans. But who wants that?

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Posted by Rod
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Healthcare only matters if you are alive to have any health to care for. So defense comes first.

It's not about a world wide popularity contest that liberals are so concerned about.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 27, 2009 at 6:01 pm

"Healthcare only matters if you are alive to have any health to care for. So defense comes first."

Sorry pal, I look at the cost/benefit ratio. It's what used to be called hard-headed conservatism.

Defend this: The US spends more on "defense" than the rest of the world combined, and what does it get for that layout? $300 million F-22s that, with 2 shooting wars going, have never seen combat. And what's the CVN Abraham Lincoln done for us, beyond a stage prop stint for that "Mission Accomplished" comedy?

Now consider what's being "defensed." Do you count on Stanford's ER to be open when it's time to call 911? Then count again. Do you have any idea how much of the time it's "red," closed to emergencies because it's full of charity cases who have no insurance or other way to pay? Ask, if you're brave enough.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2009 at 10:33 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

The F-22 has never seen combat because no one is fool enough to challenge the air superiority the 22 gives us. Front line combat is no picnic either for me a half century ago nor for my grandson's 2 tours in Fallujah, but I can attest that our close air support made the enemy's job a lot harder. The enemy went to IEDs and car bombs because he was denied the more traditional air attack capability.
Paul, I know you are emotionally incapable of any agreement with me, so find someone you trust who has experienced close combat and ask if I speak true.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 29, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Incidentally, resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, time to rework that to explain a quadrillion.

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