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So how much is $15,800,000,000,000.00 really?

I recently read an article in the WSJ by Andrew H. Tisch entitled “Let’s Ban the Word ‘Trillion'” and I think it’s a great idea.  Writing $15.8 trillion instead of $15,800,000,000,000.00 really doesn’t convey the same thing, does it?

Thanks to Mr. Tisch who someone figured out just how much $15,800,000,000,000.00 is, let me share a few of his visuals.

If you have a briefcase full of $100 bills, you’d have roughly $1 million.  You’d need 1 million briefcases just to hold $1 trillion.  A trillion dollars in $100 bills would weigh 22 million pounds!

If you stack $100 bills on top of each other (instead of putting them in a briefcase), you’d have only $10 billion by the time you got to cruising altitude in a jetliner.   To get to a trillion dollars, you’d have to go 678 millions above the earth.  Our national debt, at 15.8 times that amount, would form a stack of $100 bills 10,712 miles high.

We, the people, pay over $1,000,000,000.00 ($1 billion) a day in interest on that debt.

The numbers are mind-numbing.  If you want to see the debt rise in real time right before your very eyes, check out the U.S. National Debt Clock here.