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How Much Is $1.1 Trillion?

Amanda Shaw collects the numbers on the price tag for the new “stimulus” plan: 

Adjusted for inflation, it’s more more than it cost for:

  • The Marshall Plan
  • The space race
  • The Korean War
  • The New Deal
  • The invasion of Iraq
  • The Vietnam War


Here are some ways to understand $1 trillion. 

  • If you took collected a $1 million per day, ever day from the birth of Christ, in 2009 you’d only be about 3/4 of the way to a trillion.
  • If you got $1 every second, it would take almost 32,000 years to get to a trillion.
  • If you stacked a trillion dollar bills on top of each other, it would go 68,000 miles into space–1/3 of the way to the moon.
  • If you took 100-dollar bills and put them side to side, it would circle the equator 38.9 times

To make things worse, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office is saying that the stimulus plan will actually make things worse long-term.



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