A friend sent this to me in an email and I was floored…
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?
It’s so much money that I can’t even comprehend that prefix… So, to provide some scale (and perspective.)
We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill, currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation.
Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars(100 packets of $10,000).
While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet….
And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere…
Now… ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much. What is a trillion dollars?
It’s a million million.
It’s a thousand billion.
It’s a one followed by 12 zeros… 1,000,000,000,000
Ladies and gentlemen… I give you $1 trillion dollars…
Can you still see the little guy down there in the left-hand corner? (And notice those pallets are double stacked.)
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.