The Debt: Part 2
I've talked about how much debt the United States is in before, but I feel that this number is merits a revisiting.
For a few reasons.
First, it's an important number in politics.
Second, it's a very hard to understand number.
And third, it's getting bigger. In fact, since my last post about it 12 days ago, the debt has grown by 19 billion dollars, bringing the grand total to 14,408,119,076,113 dollars.
So how much money is that?
Let's say you have the amount of money that the United States owes.
And you have it in 100 thousand dollar bills.
Assuming these bills weigh the standard 1 gram that every American bill weighs, you'd have 317 thousand pounds of 100 thousand dollar bills.
A standard dump truck can handle 32 metric tons.
That means it would take 5 dump trucks to move the entire debt. In 100000 dollar bills.