So what is a trillion? Time ran this article last January that quoted a guy named David Schwartz who wrote a children's book that tries to "wrap young minds around the concept [of a mere million]." Schwartz said that his "favorite way to think of it is in terms of seconds. . . . One million seconds comes out to be about 11 1/2 days. A billion seconds is 32 years. And a trillion seconds is 32,000 years." Extending the math, 14.3 trillion seconds is 457,600 years!
Again, unfortunately, we've once again reached an incomprehensible number. How long is 457,000 years? Well, "archaeologists estimate that modern humans have been on the Earth for about 200,000 years." Not wanting to to start a fight over evolution or creation, lets put it this way instead, one of the oldest discovered sites of human settlement is 160,000 years old. So, if we double the proven time period that human beings have been walking on the planet, we won't have reached 457,000 years. We'd still be a couple of trillion seconds short.
So, why do I ask? Because the debt of the United States of America - our federal government - is expected to reach $14.3 trillion by the end of this month. (Link to story here.)
Our government has no money. We have borrowed more than the human mind can fathom. Yet Washington Democrats want to borrow more and spend more.
Enough is enough. Enough is too much. 2010 has got to be a referendum on this kind of thing - and put it to an end forever - or at least for a couple of trillion seconds.