Friday, November 20, 2009

How Much is a Trillion:Video

I have been discussing the vast amount of money that a trillion is, and it's such an incredibly huge sum that no one seems to really be able to get their minds around it. When we say this program will cost us (fill in the blank) trillion dollars, people don't seem to be able to distinguish how monstrously expensive such a program is. What helps me is visualizing a trillion one dollar bills stacked on top of each other. The height of that stack would measure 67,866 miles. This would reach more than one fourth the way from the earth to the moon! If you had decided to make a carpet out of one dollar bills, the area covered by one trillion one dollar bills measures 3,992 square miles. This would cover an area equal to twice the size of the state of Delaware!
What if we were to line up one dollar bills end to end? Did you know, that if you line up one trillion one dollar bills this way, it exceeds the distance from the Earth to the Sun! It would take a beam of light more than 16 minutes to travel from the Earth to the end of that line of one dollar bills and back again!

The video below explains it a little better. Instead of using the one dollar bill, like I did, it explains it using 1,000 dollar bills.

I think what really truly makes it strike home for me is the fact they brought out about spending a million dollars a day. If Jesus started spending a million dollars a day since he was walking the Earth in the flesh, He still would not have spent a trillion dollars. Yet our government recently showed it's willingness and it's ability to burn through trillions as if they were millions.

Can we afford this healthcare bill?? Especially in light of the fact that the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA) observes, “The 2009 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports show the combined unfunded liability of these two programs alone has reached nearly $107 trillion in today’s dollars"! And with all of that spending, it STILL isn't even going to cover the uninsured.
Why do it then?
So that we can ration care. Redistribute the health. That's what it's all about.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are a very smart person!