Mullin' It Over Column
What Does a Trillion Dollars Look Like?
Washington, November 4, 2021
Tags: Spending Cuts and Debt
The number of times Washington Democrats have thrown around the word “trillion” in recent history has numbed the American people to the real effects this level of spending has on our future and our children’s future.
A trillion dollars is so big that it’s hard to even imagine what it looks like, so let’s first break the number itself down to time. One trillion seconds is 317 centuries. If you spent one dollar per second, it would take you 31,700 years to spend one trillion dollars.
Washington has become so accustomed to talking about these massive amounts of money, they seem to forget this is taxpayers’ money and that all debts must be paid one day.
By now, the United States has a national debt of nearly $29 trillion and it’s growing by the minute. This means each person in our country owes around $88,000 in debt. That is more than three times the median income in our state, two times the average price of a new car, and half the median cost of a home here in Oklahoma too. And now, the Democrats are wanting to add another $10,000 per person to the already massive bill of debt with their trillion-dollar tax and spend spree.
This tax and spend spree and the “infrastructure” bill together total $2.95 trillion. If you broke $2.95 trillion into one-dollar bills and laid them end to end, it would stretch three times the distance from here to the sun.
This level of spending is and has long been unsustainable. This is not Monopoly money; it’s taxpayers’ money and you, the taxpayers, expect us to be good stewards of it. Just as every American makes tough decisions to balance their check book and pay back debts, our country must do the same. This fake money attitude has to stop now.
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