The National Debt: How much is a trillion dollars?

 Our national debt is actually fifteen and a half million millions of dollars... Photo: Jim Bozeman

MILLINOCKET, Maine, April 2, 2012 - It’s a good idea to occasionally think about the phrase “a trillion dollars” and consider what it actually represents.

A trillion is a one followed by twelve zeros. It’s a million millions. It’s a thousand billions.

Numerically, it looks like this: $1,000,000,000,000.

We should stop using the mere two-syllable word, trillion, and start saying it out the long way.

Then we’d begin to realize that our national debt (as of this writing) is actually fifteen and a half million millions of dollars, or fifteen and a half thousand billions of dollars. Maybe that would help us visualize just how much we are in trouble.

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Harry Reid admits to not reading much ‘stuff’

Harry Reid

Harry Reid

“…you folks read stuff more than I do…” Harry Reid in response to reporter’s questions about the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on Obamacare.

It’s a good thing Harry wasn’t being interviewed by Katie Couric. She might imply that he’s stupid and/or ignorant. Oh wait…that only happens if Katie is interviewing Sarah Palin.


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Jim Bozeman spent most of his working years in the printing business. Much of his work involved copy writing and proof reading. Born and raised in the Deep South, Jim is now retired and living in central Maine. 



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