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 How long in terms of years, months, days, hours, minutes, ( pick an appropriate time unit) would you have to stand at the bank (at the rate of $1 per second) to receive a million dollars? ( round to the nearest reasonable time unit – For example: 12 hours,  3 and 1/2 days, 22 years, etc. )


How long for a billion?   

How long for a trillion?

How long to pay off the national debt of 90 trillion? (at same rate as above - $1/second)

How long to pay off the 2009 stimulus package of 800 billion? (at same rate as above)

How long to pay off the interest of 490 billion per year? (same rate)

How long to pay off the interest of 846 billion in 2019? (same rate)


The population of the US is about 310 million. Assume there are 120 million taxpayers (this is a high figure) – then how much is your “tax payer debt share” of the 90 Trillion?


Assume you get a job upon graduation (who knew?). Your salary is $30,000 per year – if you gave all of your salary to the government every year, - how many years would it take to pay off your debt share (from #8 above) of the 90 trillion?

Big numbers and politics


Your government spends about 35 billion dollars of your money per day.

 If divided equally among 120 million tax payers how much should you send  Washington every day for the government they provide?


Ok- how much every week?


 How much every year?


Do you think politicians or voters understand the difference between a million, billion, or trillion?


Is this awareness necessary in the 21st century?  Has any politician addressed the debt issue in the last election?

Ever wonder why elections are not held on April 15th?  Why is this date significant to tax payers?

Big numbers and distances (answer in appropriate distance units- feet, yards, or miles)


The length of a single one dollar bills measures 6.14 inches. If you lay dollar bills end to end…


What distance would million dollar bills, end to end, cover?  Starting at TWU and reaching to …what geographic point?


How far would a billion dollars stretch?


Now, how far for a trillion?

 Sep 1, 2017

A billion seconds, I believe, is the following


3 decades 1 year 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours


A trillion? You will not be alive by then. 


31 millennia 7 centuries 9 years 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours


90 teraseconds to pay off the debt. Well, it won't be paid off anytime soon. It's approximately the length of the Paleothic Period. 


2853 millennia 8 centuries 8 decades 1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours


Ok, I am done now. 

 Sep 1, 2017

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