Thursday, March 12, 2009

What's in a "Trillion"

Jesse Hamby, Don Dulaney and I have been doing a little math. Now we are all Southerners and proud of it but some might question our math skills. I challenge you to correct me here. If you do, I might feel better and sleep tonight.

It is estimated that the USA is going borrow and spend 2.5 trillion dollars in 2009. If that is true, let’s do some math.

$2,500,000,000,000 (2.5 trillion)
divided by $1,000,000.00 (1 million)
divided by 365 (1 year)

This comes to 6,845.31

What is in a trillion? If Adam and Eve was given 2.5 trillion dollars by God in the garden of Eden on DAY ONE, and God told them to give away one million dollars per day and they did so until March of 2009, Adam and Eve would have around 845 MILLION dollars left over!

Don points this out: There are roughly 303,000,000 people in the USA. That is breathing human beings, not just income earners. Dividing 2.5 trillion by that number means that the stimulus package will cost each American roughly $8000 in 2009. For my family, that means for me, my wife, and four kids, we will be putting $48,000 into this deal.

I think I could use that money much more wisely than the government. But hey, that’s just me.