The number one trillion is thrown around a lot these days. Thatâ€™s 1,000,000,000,000 — a number so large itâ€™s very difficult to put into context. Perhaps thatâ€™s why there has been and continues to be so little concern over our $10 trillion debt. Or over some of the numbers being suggested for the stimulus..
But letâ€™s just stop and consider how big a number weâ€™re actually talking about. Hereâ€™s some good examples of what a trillion really means:
1 trillion $1 bills stacked together would reach 68,000 miles, a third of the way to the moon.
If you spent a million dollars every day for 2,000 years, youâ€™d only spend about 3/4 of a trillion.
A million seconds is about 11Â½ days. A billion seconds is about 32 years, and a trillion seconds is 32,000 years.
You get the idea. Weâ€™ve moved past the fathomable. Thatâ€™s not an argument that we should halt stimulus plans. But we should be profoundly aware of the unprecedented size of what weâ€™re undertaking, as well as the gigantic hole of debt weâ€™ve already dug. Those Senators who are cautious about the proposed stimulus package are right to be so. This is not a matter to be leapt into blindly. We need to get this right because we likely wonâ€™t be able to afford to do it again.