Another 800 Billion

Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

…When added to the 700 Billion, the numbers start to get abstract. A trillion dollars is a million million. If you laid one dollar bills end to end, you could make a chain that stretches from earth to the moon and back again 200 times. One trillion dollars would stretch nearly from the earth to the sun. It would take a military jet flying at the speed of sound, reeling out a roll of dollar bills behind it, 14 years before it reeled out one trillion dollar bills.
The tab so far for bailouts has reached 8.5 Trillion Dollars! I wonder how long it will take my great grandchildren to pay it back to China.

Blogging note: A special thanks to Charley Parker over at Lines and Colors, for featuring my blog yesterday. I’ve been a big fan of L&C and I am honored to be included in the pantheon of great art that I’ve so enjoyed reading about over the years. I’ll try to live up to the honor.

2 Responses to “Another 800 Billion”

  1. Susan Holland said:

    Nov 26, 08 at 5:50 pm

    And I also thank Charlie Parker for directing my attention to your site. I love this! Do you watch TV while you are doing the crossword and read the paper? You have a wonderful command of “nailing” the human face. Thanks!!!! Best Wishes, Susan Holland

  2. Larry said:

    Nov 26, 08 at 6:34 pm

    You’re so kind Susan.

    Yes, I have a small TV in my kitchen. It’s usually tuned to msnbc in the morning as I drink my coffee, read the paper and doodle on my kitchen counter before I go up to my studio and start my day.

    Thanks for the kind words.