What Does One Trillion Dollars Look Like? (it might shock you!)

Posted on Jan 27, 2010 in Blog, Editorials, & Thoughts, Federal Reserve & Bankers

Source: Global Research (in part)

With all the talk concerning bailouts and stimulus packages, military spending and deficits, I thought I would SHOW you just how much money is being created by the lovely Federal Reserve and this Administration’s policies (and yes, including the prior ones!).

A billion dollars for this State… A hundred billion dollars for this War…

Eight hundred billion dollars for a bailout… One TRILLION dollars for future healthcare responsibilities.

What does that look like? I mean, these numbers are tossed around like a rain drop in the ocean, so I thought I’d take Google Sketchup out for a test drive and try to get a sense of what exactly a trillion dollars looks like. 

We’ll start with a $100 dollar bill.

Currently the largest U.S. denomination in general circulation. Most everyone has seen them, slighty fewer have owned them. Guaranteed to make friends wherever they go.


A bundle of one hundred $100 bills is less than 1/2″ thick and contains $10,000. Fits in your pocket easily and is more than enough for a week or two of shamefully decadent fun.


Believe it or not, this next little pile is $1 million dollars (100 packets of $10,000). You could stuff that into a grocery bag and walk around with it.

$1,000,000 (one million dollars)

While a measly $1 million looked a little unimpressive, $100 million is a little more respectable. It fits neatly on a standard pallet…

$100,000,000 (one hundred million dollars)

And $1 BILLION dollars… now we’re really getting somewhere.

$1,000,000,000 (one billion dollars)

Next we’ll look at ONE TRILLION dollars. This is that number we’ve been hearing so much about. What is a trillion dollars?  Well, it’s a million million. It’s a thousand billion. It’s a one followed by 12 zeros.

Are you ready for this?  keep in mind that the United States of America is in the hole for an easy $7 Trillion dollars right now.

It’s pretty surprising.

Ladies and gentlemen – I give you $1 trillion dollars.

$1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion dollars)

Sorry! It’s just TOO much money to fit on my website!  AND notice those pallets are double stacked.

So the next time you hear someone toss around the phrase “a trillion dollars”… that’s what they’re talking about.

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