Ten Thousand Dollars $10,000 - Enough for a great vacation or to buy a used car. Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.
One Million Dollars $1,000,000 - Not as big of a pile as you thought, huh? Still this is 92 years of work for the average human on earth.
One Hundred Million Dollars $100,000,000 - Plenty to go around for everyone. Fits nicely on an ISO / Military standard sized pallet.
One Billion Dollars $1,000,000,000 - You will need some help when robbing the bank. Now we are getting serious!
Wow! This is a fantastic visualization. I am particularly stunned by the statements under the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th pictures. They follow:
$10,000 - Approximately one year of work for the average human on earth.
$1,000,000 - 92 years of work for the average human on earth.
$100,000,000 - Plenty to go around for everyone.
Now why is it that the majority of individuals against government spending in light of the horrendous national debt seem to overlook these three above statements? Namely, that there would be enough money to go around for everyone and that the majority of people aren’t getting to enjoy their fair share. Nobody yammering about the public debt seems to care about a realistic distribution of wealth. Merely that government spending must be stopped.
Well, I don’t like debt. It makes me less able to enjoy the illusion that I am free. Must be the same for everybody. And I think the U.S. Government had better take a look at its spending and its income and create a balanced budget. Everybody must think that, too, right?
The funny thing is that the people who complain loudest about bad budgeting are unanimously ready to fix the budget problems at the costs of the people who have to devote 92 years and more of their lives working in order to survive. This is called "austerity" and implies that all citizens of a nation as individuals forgo luxury goods and tighten their belts for the benefit of all, for the common good. That sounds good to me. But modern application of "austerity measures" isn't targeted to all individuals equally. Only to the poorest individuals. Big Business still goes home with the tax breaks (like the 2009 Exxon Mobil $156,000,000 tax rebate - can we make a visualization of that pile of money, too?)
The United States Government was created by the Founding Fathers of our nation, not, as the text in this message suggests, by the “citizens" of the USA. (Let’s not forget that only the white males were citizens...) In fact, that guy with his face on the picture above, Ben Franklin, didn’t think very highly of citizens. He even stated, "I agree to this Constitution, with all its faults, if they are such; because I think a general Government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people, if well administered; and I believe, farther, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”
Wow, Father Ben, you really explain well why the government of the United States of America was created as a republic! No illusion there about democracy! People unavoidably corrupt need despotism.
Well I guess I’m not unavoidably corrupt because I don’t need the despotism of the government you created, nor the despotism of that piece of paper with your picture on it. You predicted the fall of the American government but you were wrong about the people. We are capable of another. The United States is not the only government in debt. The majority of the governments of the world are in debt. (see below) The entire global economic system is functioning on money that is not there. And it will collapse.
And at least 2 billion people will die (can we get a rendering for that, too, please?).
There are alternatives. But we need to create them ourselves. Before it's too late.