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.

  1. Susan Holland
    November 26, 2008 -

    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. November 26, 2008 -

    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.