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What does a TRILLION dollars look like?

All this talk about "stimulus packages" and "bailouts"... 

A billion dollars... 

A hundred billion dollars...  

Eight hundred billion dollars...  

One TRILLION dollars...  

What does that look like? I mean, these various numbers are tossed around like so many doggie treats, here is a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like.


We'll start with a $100 dollar bill. Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slightly fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go. 


A packet of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2" thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for week or two of shamefully decadent fun.



$1,000,000 (one million dollars)
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.



$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet...



$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)
And $1 BILLION dollars... now we're really getting somewhere...

Next we'll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we've been hearing about so much. What is a trillion dollars? Well, it's a million million. It's a thousand billion. It's a one followed by 12 zeros. $1000,000,000,000.00


You ready for this?


It's pretty surprising.


Go ahead...


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$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)
Ladies and gentlemen... Here is $1 trillion ($1,000,000,000,000.00).

(And notice those pallets are double stacked $100 bills.) It would be 100 this high if it were $1 bills. Hey, that's the author standing at the lower left hand corner, thinking this must be a stimulus package. It will surly stimulate the Democrat president, house and senate to pass laws for more..

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase "trillion dollars"... that's what they're talking about. 

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