Q: Joe, I hear about Congress spending a trillion dollars, but I am having trouble comprehending how much a trillion is. Do you have any illustrations that would help?
If you started spending a million dollars a day the year Christ was born, you would not run out of money for another 730 years. According to market prices listed in a 2008 Forbes report, a trillion dollars would purchase Microsoft, Pepsi Cola, Coca Cola, Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Apple and Google. And you would have $1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars left over).
The sobering fact is that a trillion dollars of debt is $3,333 for every American citizen. As you say, a trillion is a big number.