Tuesday, October 16, 2012
THE DEBT, THE DEFICIT AND NUMBERS
The candidates from both parties constantly throw out numbers about our Nations debt and indebtedness. As TV consumers we hear these numbers but they don’t register: ten million dollars to
– three billion dollars for a new military aircraft - sixteen trillion dollar
Let’s break this down to
understanding. The Count might instruct:
If you take a drum stick and bang it on the table once every second, it will take you twelve days (24 hours a day seven days a week) to bang out one million.
It will take you thirty-two years to bang out one billion.
It will take you thirty-two thousand years to bang out one trillion.
Honey Boo Boo’s sister has two thumbs, and she is the only one in her family that can count to eleven without taking off her shoes. How can we understand numbers that we are physically unable to count?