To put a trillion dollars into perspective, I decided to do a little imagining.Â Just suppose that you could use a 53-foot semi-trailer to represent 1 million dollars.Â One million dollars won’t fill a trailer, but every time you see one, you know it stands for a million dollars.
Now, imagine driving 12 hours per day on a road trip past a solid row of 53-foot semi trailers.Â This row of trailers represents 1 trillion dollars, with 1 million dollars in each trailer.Â Here are your approximate trip stats (based on this route and driving time):
- 10,000 Miles of semi trailers
- 3.74 Rows of trailers from LA to DC
- 146 Hours to drive up and down the rows
- 12 Days for a road trip (driving 12-hour days) up and down the rows
Now that’s just a trillion dollars – nothing to sweat about.Â The Democratic House passed a 3.55 trillion dollar budget, the Democratic Senate passed a 3.53 trillion dollar budget, and the Democrat President originally proposed a 3.61 trillion dollar budget.Â Based on a 3.55 trillion dollar spending rate, here are some stats on the federal spending that would happen during your 12-day road trip:
- $118,000,000,000 would be spent during the 12 days
- 1190 Miles of additional trailers would be added
- 19.8 Hours is theÂ additional driving time (at 60 Miles per Hour)
Sound like a long time?Â Actually getting past this spending could be the work of decades, if it happens.