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03-16-2006, 01:51 PM
Hmm I would try to die broke although i think it may not be possible.
Or give all my money to the poor and immigrants class so they can live in the same neighborhoods and buy the same politicians as the very well to do, just to piss off the rich. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

What would you do with a trillion?
To burn through that much money, a person would have to spend over $35 million a day, for life.
March 16, 2006: 1:21 PM EST

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - For those who struggle to balance their checkbooks every month, it might be difficult to comprehend Thursday's vote by the U.S. Senate to raise the government debt limit to nearly $9 trillion.

After all, how much is a trillion?

It's the number one followed by 12 zeros. But that doesn't explain how the federal government could need to pass a law enabling it to borrow up to $8.965 trillion.

"It's hard to understand what a trillion is. I don't know what it is," confessed Senate Budget Committee Chairman Judd Gregg, a New Hampshire Republican, this week when debating the government's staggering fiscal obligations.

It doesn't help that the standard hand-held calculator comes nowhere close to computing numbers in the trillions. About the best it can do is 99,999,999.

John Nolan, a mathematics professor at American University in Washington, said that a trillion is "not a big number at all" for some theoretical problems. "But in terms of practical numbers it's just overwhelming."

So he conjured up a spending spree, something Americans might be able to relate to. "If you spent a million dollars a day for a million days (2,739 years)," you'd hit $1 trillion, Nolan observed.

To burn through $1 trillion in the average American life span of 77 years, you'd have to part with about $35,580,857 and change every day from birth.

Don Albers, associate executive director of the Mathematical Association of America, said to forget about all the fancy numbers. "I don't think the problem so much is understanding that number as just understanding whether they've got more money coming in than is going out," he said.

And that's the rub. The federal government has been on a spending binge. Just since 2002, the Republican-controlled Congress has had to hike the Treasury Department's credit card limit four times, for a total of more than $3 trillion.

Congress can take some comfort in knowing that at this rate, it will take a very long time to exhaust the trillions and spill into the quadrillions. "Let's hope that they won't be using that" number ever, Albers said.

Thank the deities that we are on solid financial ground with our current administration (government) and that none of it is his fault. /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

03-16-2006, 03:15 PM
I don't know. More realistic question: What did you do with your $300 bribe from Bush, using your own money even, that he used to get the country to "elect" him in 2000?

What a great deal that was /ccboard/images/graemlins/mad.gif

03-16-2006, 04:39 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote nAz:</font><hr> . . .What would you do with a trillion?
To burn through that much money, a person would have to spend over $35 million a day, for life.<hr /></blockquote> . . .and still wouldn't make much of a dent in the U.S. National Debt (http://www.brillig.com/debt_clock/).


03-16-2006, 07:08 PM
I would set up a fantastic care facility for retired pool tournament players. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

03-17-2006, 07:38 AM
Hmm I would try to die broke although i think it may not be possible. <hr /></blockquote> What are you talking about? Are you blind? We have an administration in office right now that can show you how to spend 9 trillion they don't already have. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif I bet they could wipe through your one trillion by lunch. /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

If I had a trillion dollars, I would spend a hundreth of that on accountants that would help me get out of paying taxes. At that point I would then stroll around Washington laughing at all the politicians eager to spend the money they are not going to get. Then begin donating to all the charities of my choice. One that will not be getting any money is United Way, but that is another subject.


03-17-2006, 11:19 AM
Tap tap tap eg8r. I would do all I could not to pay anything to our glorious leaders in Washington!