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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

How Much Do You Owe?

Have you thought about the National Debt?

I mean have you REALLY thought about it?

The debt is growing at about $3M a minute, but for this argument, we are going to use a static figure of $14.639T. Yeah, that’s a little obscure, and really, most people can’t grasp the concept.

Written out with a little less shorthand, that is $14.639-trillion dollars.

Written out fully, that is $14,639,000,000,000.00

Yeah, that’s a lot of zeros to the left of the decimal place.

It’s also too big for most folks to comprehend.

Let’s just look a figure of $1,000,000,000 or 1-billion. That’s just 14.639T/1B of the National Debt, or only 0.007% of the full National Debt. Yes, way less than even 1%.

If we use the clock and roll it back by 1-billion seconds, we would find ourselves in the year 1980. Gas was $1.19 a gallon, and a new house was about $70,000 or so. Pac Man was just released, and those new camcorders were hitting the market in Japan. And you would be anxious to find out just who shot JR.

On the other hand, if we turn back the hands of time by 1-billion minutes, we are in the year 129. Jesus was crucified less than a hundred years ago. There may even be a few people alive who actually saw him.

Now let’s go back 1-billion hours…we are in the year 110,967 BCE. The last ice age was just starting. Anatomically modern humans would have been banging rocks together on the riverbanks trying to figure out how to kill a mammoth or two for dinner.

If we take the next step and go back 1-billion days, we find ourselves 2,739,726 years ago. There are no humans, only apes that have learned to walk erect. More than a quarter of a million years will pass before the first true humans arrive.

Finally, if the clock spins backwards for 1-billion years, there is life, but it is single-celled. Some of the cells haven’t even stumbled on the idea of a defined nucleus yet.

What if we used the real number from the National Debt? 14.639 trillion years ago, the universe itself didn’t exist. Nothing. This was before the time when God’s hand moved across the face of the deep. In fact, He hadn’t even turned on the lights yet.

My point is that the National Debt is a staggering number. If we use the figure from the start of this blog (it has grown by about $10,000,000 since you started reading), that means that every single person (all people, regardless of age) owns a share of the National Debt amounting to about $46,000.

In simple language that everyone can understand, you owe $46,000 per person in your household above and beyond the credit cards, mortgage, car payments, and all the rest of your bills.

And it’s time to pay the piper.

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Melodee Aaron, Erotica Romance Author
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