What is a trillion dollars?

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What's a trillion dollars?

A trillion dollars = $1,000,000,000,000.

That's 12 zeroes to the left of the decimal point. A trillion is a million million dollars.

The U.S. government spends more than the entire Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Australia, China and Spain combined. If you laid one dollar bills end to end, you could make a chain that stretches from earth to the moon and back again 200 times before you ran out of dollar bills! One trillion dollars would stretch nearly from the earth to the sun. It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills.

What is frightening is that government will continue to grow in America unless citizens prevent it. If government stays on the course it's been on for the past forty years without a radical change, the federal government will have a $10 TRILLION BUDGET by the year 2010.

Foolish politicians make pronouncements about the strength of the economy. The total debt obligation of the United States now exceeds 46 TRILLION DOLLARS.

American workers now net almost 30 percent less in real wages than they did in 1973. After taxes, two paychecks in a family barely equal the purchasing power one had thirty years ago.

What does one TRILLION dollars look like?

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Anonymous's picture

The total debt obligation of

The total debt obligation of the United States now exceeds 46 TRILLION DOLLARS.

isn't that a bit high??

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This is the amount of money that is second to none. Who is the person who has such wealth? This is a huge amount.

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The zero must be so many. I

The zero must be so many. I almost don't know about how many is the zero.
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Anonymous's picture

ok, it's only 7 trillion or

ok, it's only 7 trillion or less. come on 46 trillion?

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It is over 70 trillion. How do I get there?
Well, currently we have a debt of current spending of 11 trillion
We have a future payments debt(this means money that must be spent, but hasn't yet) of 54 trillion (social security, medicare, medicaid), and then all of the TARP, AIG, and other bailouts are on yet another book, and we know that is at least 3 trillion. Wake up, the USA is BROKE, unless we change the rules of how our Government spends money.

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Anonymous's picture

What he is refering to is the

What he is refering to is the total US debt obligation,a and he is right, it far exceeds our ability to pay. If we ran our daily lives the way we allow our government to function, we would be in jail! Think about it, we let the government pile up debt and just pass it along. Its like saying "I want this $1,000,000 dollar home, but i cant afford it, but between me, my children, and their children, we will pay this sucker off one day". We need a hard ass business type like Donald Trump to come in and get our finances in order. Someone who is afraid to make tough choices. If we dont do it now we are doomed, its only a matter of time.

Anonymous's picture

typo lol....someone who ISN'T

typo lol....someone who ISN'T afraid :)

Anonymous's picture

its impossible to make 14

its impossible to make 14 trillion dollars

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Anonymous's picture

its impossible to make 14

its impossible to make 14 trillion dollars

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its impossible to make 14

its impossible to make 14 trillion dollars

Anonymous's picture

That is extremely scary. That

That is extremely scary. That type of money can wipe out world hunger in a heart beat. I think it is better to play 3d casino games than trust them

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Its 14 Trillion something.

Its 14 Trillion something. check out usdebtclock.org

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Its 14 Trillion something.

Its 14 Trillion something. check out usdebtclock.org

Anonymous's picture

With that much money, it is

With that much money, it is understandable that a small billion or two can disappear this way and that. They are just gambling online with our futures.

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That's true, but the real problem is the totally uneven distribution of wealth. The rich get richer, the poor get even poorer, and it's almost impossible to get a real job today.
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....Who is the Uninted states of america in debt to ? thats $58,000.000 each man ,woman and child in america ....
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how much

its only 15 trillion according to the news in feb 29 2012

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It is bit high. I earn 100

It is bit high. I earn 100 usd a months


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Looking into it

I did some looking into this. Here's what I've found out so far. I might look into it some more.




Editor's Note | Many financial experts have warned that the massive budget deficits described in the article below will bankrupt this country for the next 25 years. One must also ponder whether the drafting of this report was the main reason Paul O'Neill was removed as Treasury Secretary. - wrp

White House Shelved 44 Trillion Deficit Report?
By Peronet Despeignes of the Financial Times
Thursday 29 May 2003

Study commissioned by O'Neill sees $44 trillion in red ink

The Bush administration has shelved a report commissioned by the Treasury that shows the U.S. currently faces a future of chronic federal budget deficits totaling at least $44 trillion in current U.S. dollars.

The study, the most comprehensive assessment of how the U.S. government is at risk of being overwhelmed by the “baby boom” generation’s future healthcare and retirement costs, was commissioned by then-Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill.

But the Bush administration chose to keep the findings out of the annual budget report for fiscal year 2004, published in February, as the White House campaigned for a tax-cut package that critics claim will expand future deficits.

The study asserts that sharp tax increases, massive spending cuts or a painful mix of both are unavoidable if the U.S. is to meet benefit promises to future generations. It estimates that closing the gap would require the equivalent of an immediate and permanent 66 percent across-the-board income tax increase.

The study was being circulated as an independent working paper among Washington think-tanks as President George W. Bush on Wednesday signed into law a 10-year, $350 billion tax-cut package he welcomed as a victory for hard-working Americans and the economy.

The analysis was spearheaded by Kent Smetters, then-Treasury deputy assistant secretary for economic policy, and Jagdessh Gokhale, then a consultant to the Treasury. Mr. Gokhale, now an economist for the Cleveland Federal Reserve, said: “When we were conducting the study, my impression was that it was slated to appear [in the Budget]. At some point, the momentum builds and you think everything is a go, and then the decision came down that we weren’t part of the prospective budget.”

Mr. O’Neill, who was fired last December, refused to comment.

The study’s analysis of future deficits dwarfs previous estimates of the financial challenge facing Washington. It is roughly equivalent to 10 times the publicly held national debt, four years of U.S. economic output or more than 94 percent of all U.S. household assets. Alan Greenspan, Federal Reserve chairman, last week bemoaned what he called Washington’s “deafening” silence about the future crunch.

President Bush signed into law a $350 billion tax-cut package on Wednesday saying:‘ ‘We can say loud and clear to the American people: You got more of your own money to spend so that this economy can get a good wind behind it.”

The estimates reflect the extent to which the annual deficit, the national debt and other widely reported, backward-looking data are becoming archaic and misleading as measures of the government’s solvency. Mr. Smetters, now a University of Pennsylvania finance professor, said tax cuts were only a fraction of the imbalance, and that the bigger problem “is the whole [budget] language we’re using.”

Laurence Kotlikoff, an expert on long-term budget accounting, alleged in a recent Boston Globe editorial that the Bush administration suppressed the research to ease passage of the tax-cut plan.

An administration official said the study was designed as a thought-piece for internal discussion — one among many left every year on the cutting-room floor — and noted the budget’s extensive discussion of projected, 75-year Social Security and Medicare shortfalls.

(In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.)


Here's a bit from a press briefing by Ari Fleischer where he says the report is isn't true.


............Q Can you clarify -- there's a report out of the Financial Times out of London that says -- the Treasury Department, that former Secretary O'Neill had commissioned a report to evaluate the federal deficit, they came up with a figure of $44 trillion, and that that report was shelved in the budget of 2004. Is that accurate?

MR. FLEISCHER: Yes, that's an erroneous report. There's nobody at Treasury who was involved in this. I think there may have been some retired people, people who left Treasury, who had some thoughts. But we agree with their thoughts. If you take a look at President Bush's own budget, you'll find in the budget President Bush submitted to the Congress, the President warned about these long-term structural deficits -- it was a chapter called, "The Real Fiscal Danger" -- on page 31 of the President's own budget where he warned that Social Security and Medicare and the nation's entitlement programs are creating a tremendous burden of debt on the next generation of Americans, which is why entitlement reform is so necessary.

This is why the President wants to create a system of social security based on personal accounts on a voluntary basis, to relieve that crushing debt. There is no question that Social Security and Medicare and the nation's entitlement programs are going to present next generations with a crushing debt burden, unless policymakers work seriously to reform those programs.

Q So just to be clear, the Treasury Department did not commission that study?

MR. FLEISCHER: You can talk to Treasury about it, but my understanding is there is nothing like this underway at Treasury, and nobody working at Treasury has been working on this. There may have been some people in a private capacity outside of the Treasury Department who worked on various projects, but those are not federal employees............

Anonymous's picture

too bad the middle class

too bad the middle class gets stuck with this bill. isn't something that our government wants to cut taxes for the poor and the rich corporations.
Anonymous's picture

A billion is really a

A billion is really a Bi-Million ie million 6 x 0s, Bi-Million 2 x 6 0s = 12 0s

A trillion likewise, Tri-Million 18 x 0s

But the yanks bless their cotton little socks, couldn't cope with that so we have the Billion 9 x 0s and Trillion 12 x 0s. Why did they have to confuse things.

Anonymous's picture

Because we won the war.

Because we won the war.

Anonymous's picture

Which war would that be?

Which war would that be?

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