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What Does a Trillion Dollars Really Look Like?

March 12th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Financial Literacy, Links, Private Equity

Have you ever wondered what a trillion dollars would actually look like?  Given today’s tough economic situation President Obama has proposed a new budget that projects for a $1.75 trillion dollar deficit for 2009.  Joe Barta, at PageTutor.com has posted a wonderful piece using Google SketchUp to help ordinary mortals visualize what one trillion dollars actually looks like.

Consider the following.  Here’s a Google SketchUp of what $10,000 looks like:

gsketch-10k

Here’s what $1 million looks like:

gsketch-1m

Here’s what $1 trillion looks like:

 

gsketch-1b

 Images like this help us understand the scale of the challenge we face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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