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I heard a comparison that puts a trillion in perspective . . .(Vanity)
Coast To Coast AM (believe it or not) | April 4, 2011 | Righttackle 44

Posted on 04/04/2011 5:29:30 PM PDT by righttackle44

I have had a difficult time wrapping the concept of one trillion around my head. Comparisons to stuff in warehouses and football fields and all just didn't do it for me. But last night, Chuck Missler finally stated a comparison I can fathom.

He put it in terms of seconds. One million seconds is four days. One billion seconds is 32 years. One trillion seconds is 32,000 years.

Think how much money Obama and his Democrats have heaped on us, in these terms.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nationaldebt; trillion

1 posted on 04/04/2011 5:29:32 PM PDT by righttackle44
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To: righttackle44

Every time you hear $1B, that’s $3 for each person in the U.S. (roughly). When you hear $1 trillion, that’s $3,000 for each of us. When Congress pissed away $1T on “stimulus”, a family of four was saddled with roughly $12,000 in additional debt.


2 posted on 04/04/2011 5:32:32 PM PDT by Dilbert56 (Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "We're going to pick up Senate seats as a result of this war.")
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To: righttackle44

Another comparison, the estimate to rebuild Japan after the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster is only $180 Billion.


3 posted on 04/04/2011 5:33:06 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: righttackle44

That debt will never be paid off period. Those Aholes in Washington had no intention of it They could care less They got theirs


4 posted on 04/04/2011 5:34:09 PM PDT by al baby (Hi Mom!!! <sarc>)
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To: righttackle44

In other words, if you spent a dollor a second it would take you a trillions seconds~!!

(I make big joke)

But seriously, the defict Odumbass has spent so far is about 6 trillion.

You could give 6 million people a million bucks each.

Thats one out of every 50 us citizens.

And the other 49 out of 50 people have to give him the million.


5 posted on 04/04/2011 5:36:22 PM PDT by Mr. K (Job #1 DEFUND THE LEFT then Palin/Bachman 2012 -Unbeatable Ticket~!)
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To: al baby

Can’t argue with that.


6 posted on 04/04/2011 5:37:59 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: righttackle44

The math for 1 million seconds is wrong.

You don’t get to 1 million seconds until 11.5 days.

I wonder how much that throws off everything else?


7 posted on 04/04/2011 5:40:51 PM PDT by Safrguns
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To: Safrguns

yah, the time math is all wrong.

But here’s one.
Earth’s population is 6.928 billion people.

To reach a trillion people, you’d need 144 earths.


8 posted on 04/04/2011 5:48:58 PM PDT by schwingdoc
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To: righttackle44
One trillion seconds is 32,000 years.

A new perspective. Considering the fact that I'll be ninety years old in 45 years, God willing.

9 posted on 04/04/2011 6:00:24 PM PDT by He Rides A White Horse ((unite))
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To: schwingdoc

bkmk


10 posted on 04/04/2011 6:01:37 PM PDT by Sergio (An object at rest cannot be stopped! - The Evil Midnight Bomber What Bombs at Midnight)
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To: schwingdoc
yah, the time math is all wrong.

1000,000,000 seconds (or 1 trillion seconds) =

16,666,667 minutes =

277,778 hours =

11,574 days =

32 years

11 posted on 04/04/2011 6:03:49 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: Safrguns

The number for 1,000,000 seconds is wrong; the others are accurate to “two significant figures”.


12 posted on 04/04/2011 6:07:32 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Correction

1,000,000,000,000 seconds (one trillion seconds) =

16,666,666,667 minutes =

277,777,778 hours =

11,574,074 days =

31,710 years

13 posted on 04/04/2011 6:08:14 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: al baby
That debt will never be paid off period.

Yup. Uncharted economic teritory. A hole too big to climb out of. When you have to express debt in numbers normally used in astronomy you're screwed.
14 posted on 04/04/2011 6:11:22 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: righttackle44

Think of it this way. A thousand seconds is a coffee break, a million seconds is a vacation, a billion seconds is a career and a trillion seconds is 310 centuries


15 posted on 04/04/2011 6:12:44 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: Safrguns; righttackle44

Here, broke out the calculator and double checked the numbers:

1 million seconds = 11.5740740741 days = 11 days, 13 hours, 46 minutes, 40 seconds

1 billion seconds = 31.7097919838 years = 31 years, 259 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, 40 seconds

1 trillion seconds = 31,709.791838 years = 31,709 years, 289 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, 40 seconds

and just in case you’re dying to know, 4 days is actually 345600 seconds


16 posted on 04/04/2011 6:13:00 PM PDT by verum ago (Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!)
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To: Dilbert56
When you hear $1 trillion, that’s $3,000 for each of us. When Congress pissed away $1T on “stimulus”, a family of four was saddled with roughly $12,000 in additional debt.

That's the best comparison I've heard, and it needs to be a GOP talking point for the next two years. Did we really get an extra $12k a year per family out of the Stimulus/TARP/fiasco that our feds have created over the past few years? Most voters would say "no" and mean it.

17 posted on 04/04/2011 6:13:06 PM PDT by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: SpaceBar

Will our children and grandchildren desecrate nobama’s grave (if his burial place is known)?


18 posted on 04/04/2011 6:14:47 PM PDT by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Safrguns

You are correct but he got the other two right. 11.57 times 1000 divided by 365 is close to 32.


19 posted on 04/04/2011 6:15:58 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: hal ogen

His birthplace ain’t known, so why should his burial place?.....


20 posted on 04/04/2011 6:19:39 PM PDT by Red Badger (I've posted a total of 1,714 threads and 64,019 replies as of 04-04-2011)
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To: Tribune7

ping


21 posted on 04/04/2011 6:25:57 PM PDT by Temple Owl (Excelsior! Onward and upward.)
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To: righttackle44

Error: One million seconds is 11.57 days. (1,000,000 sec / 86400 sec / day = 11.57 days).


22 posted on 04/04/2011 6:29:52 PM PDT by reg45
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To: righttackle44

If you would like to visualize what a trillion $’s looks like, go here http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html to see!

This next image http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/usdebt.html is what our debt looks like as of March 2009, you can add a few more rows to the pile since then...


23 posted on 04/04/2011 6:31:06 PM PDT by The Chief (Volunteer Fire Fighter since 1989, 20+ years!)
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To: righttackle44

If you would like to visualize what a trillion $’s looks like, go here http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html to see!

This next image http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/usdebt.html is what our debt looks like as of March 2009, you can add a few more rows to the pile since then...


24 posted on 04/04/2011 6:31:12 PM PDT by The Chief (Volunteer Fire Fighter since 1989, 20+ years!)
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To: righttackle44

Trillion = A Million Million...


25 posted on 04/04/2011 6:56:24 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: righttackle44

Trillion = A Million Million...


26 posted on 04/04/2011 6:57:25 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Upstate NY Guy
Correction
1,000,000,000,000 seconds (one trillion seconds) =
16,666,666,667 minutes =
277,777,778 hours =
11,574,074 days =
31,710 years

To be more precise you want to do as little rounding as possible until your final step, yielding:
One Trillion Seconds =
1,000,000,000,000 [seconds] =
1,000,000,000,000 / 60 [minutes] =
1,000,000,000,000 / 3,600 [hours] =
1,000,000,000,000 / 86,400 [days] =
1,000,000,000,000 / 31,556,736 [years*] =
31688.955410344086283194814571444 [years] =
~31,689 years

* A year being 365.24 days.

27 posted on 04/04/2011 6:57:38 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: hosepipe
Trillion = A Million Million

This is the best way I've found to explain a trillion. Most folks have a sense of what a million is ... and they appreciate that it's very big. So when you say a trillion is one million millions, well ...

28 posted on 04/04/2011 7:01:49 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: OneWingedShark
You're right. I knew I typed in billion instead of trillion as soon as I posted. I wish we had an "undo button" on FR. Anyway I got pretty much the same answers a minute later as soon as I added the 3 zeros.
29 posted on 04/04/2011 7:24:29 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: righttackle44

Good comparison.


30 posted on 04/04/2011 9:01:29 PM PDT by Enten (How's that hopey changey thing working out for you?)
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To: righttackle44; All
I did a similar comparison - not long after Øbamalamadingdong was elected - to break down the magnitude of the $790 billion "stimulus" package.

A trillion is a million squared. It's a THOUSAND THOUSAND THOUSAND THOUSANDS!.

1 trillion dollars is 10 billion $100 bills or 10 thousand million $100 bills. At one gram per bill, this money would weigh 11,000 tons. A fully-loaded 747 weighs about 367 tons; that's more than 29 fully loaded 747's. One trillion dollars in 100's would weigh more than 29 747's.

A $100 is about 16 square inches. One trillion in $100's would cover almost 40 square miles.

A $100 bill is 6.14 inches in length. 10 billion $100 bills laid end-to-end would stretch for more than 969,000 miles. That's about two round-trips to the moon. It would take light 5.2 seconds to travel that distance!

A $100 bill is 0.0043" thick. 10 billion $100 bills stacked on top of one another would be more than 678 miles or the height of more than 123 Mt. Everests.

It STILL hard to fathom how big a trillion is.

31 posted on 04/04/2011 11:23:49 PM PDT by Ten Beers Gone ("There's battle lines bein' drawn...")
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To: DuncanWaring

Yup,
Sorry about the ‘time math incorrect’ comment
spoke before I calculated.
So much for quick math in my head.
Good initial post. My bad.


32 posted on 04/05/2011 10:26:05 AM PDT by schwingdoc
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To: Ten Beers Gone

Your comparisons are interesting. But I’m like you. Numbers of that size should only be used in measuring universal distances. Thanks for your insights.


33 posted on 04/06/2011 7:08:21 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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To: verum ago

Thank you. Missler is wrong on the first. Good job.


34 posted on 04/06/2011 7:09:50 PM PDT by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a U.S. Marine.)
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