Monday, November 24, 2008

$7.4 Trillion

A trillion here, a trillion there, pretty soon you're talking about real money. ~ Everett Dirksen (adjusted for inflation)
The Bush/Paulson bailout package is now estimated to be $7.4 trillion. That is a lot of money.
  • 7.4 trillion seconds is 233,440 years
  • 7.4 trillion days is longer than the universe has existed (14 billion years)
  • a stack of 7.4 trillion one dollar bills would reach from the Earth to the moon, and back
  • $7.4 trillion would pay for two Iraq Wars and a border skirmish somewhere
  • It is more than half of the Gross Domestic Product of the United States ($14 trillion in 2007)
  • Over $1100 for every man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth (Earth's population 6.7 billion)
  • $25,000 for every man, woman, and child in the United States (US population 300 million)
  • $7.4 trillion is more than the current market capitalization of the entire S&P 500
  • And, as long as we are being silly, a stack of pennies worth $7.4 trillion would reach from the Sun to Jupiter and half way to Saturn
Bush trillion dollar bill

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