A billion here, a trillion there… but who’s counting?

Mar 13, 2014


The federal deficit has increased by $7 trillion in the last six years, from $10 trillion to over $17 trillion.

That was an almost impossible feat, but we pulled if off by spending a jaw dropping $200 billion a day for the last four years. At this rate we will be $20 trillion in debt by 2017.

I was trying to sort out what exactly is a trillion dollars. How could I wrap my head around it so I can share it with my nieces and nephews who are now in middle school?

I got this information out of an article written by Barbra Kivat, a reporter for the Associated Press.

One million seconds is 11.5 days; a billion seconds is 32 years; and a trillion seconds is 32,000 years. That's one trillion seconds is 32,000 years. Isn't that simple? Now we know.

Probably best to just stick our collective heads back in the sand. These problems somehow work their way out on their own, don't they?

Dave Page


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