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Visualizing One Trillion Dollars and U.S. National Debt

Filed in Debt Reduction , Politics 3 comments

One of the most jaw dropping, and completely depressing, animations of U.S. National Debt I’ve ever seen.

Perhaps I’m overly melancholy after seeing that it would take 12 plus football fields of 100 dollar bills stacked 8 feet high to pay our national debt, but isn’t it just a little ironic that one of our national slogans is The Land of the Free but Gen X and Gen Y are first in line to be shackled as debt repayment slaves?

Guess we better get out there and earn that Internet money!

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Posted by CJ   @   17 February 2010 3 comments
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Feb 21, 2010
10:35 pm

That is mind boggling. So if a million dollars weighs a ton, then a billion dollars is a thousand tons, and a trillion dollars would be a million tons or 2,200,000,000 pounds!

Feb 22, 2010
4:35 pm
#2 Matt SF :

I’m not sure of the weight of 1 million dollars, or the weight of a single 100 million dollar cube as depicted in the video, but it’s definitely a scale up calculation worth making.

Especially if you’re in the anti-bailout, anticonsumption or anti-national debt crowd!

I think it would be interesting to calculate the amount of time it would take the Treasury Dept to print all that money? Or how much it would cost them to actually print it in terms of cotton fiber, ink, quality control procedures, etc?

Maybe that’s a good question to pose… How much would it cost in materials to pay off our National Debt if we printed it all today?

(I probably shouldn’t post things like this or the Tea Baggers will try to adopt me.)

Mar 2, 2010
10:20 am
#3 Alan :

Or, if $1 = 1 mile .. then the US national debt at $12 trillion would be 2 light years big.

Tough to visualize no matter how you look at it.

Theres a new wordpress sidebar widget that shows the US national debt counter. Then your visitors can watch the carnage in real time. You can grab it from

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