Perspective on $87 billion.
or "A billion here, a billion there. Pretty soon it starts to add up to some real money."
On September 7th, 2003, President Bush announced on national television that he was asking the Congress to grant him an additional $87 billion dollars for the next fiscal year, beginning October 1, to continue the fight on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But $87 billion is an impossibly high number for anyone to visualize. Let's have a look....
dollar ... it's roughly 6 inches long, and 2½ inches wide.
It's roughly as thick as a regular piece of paper.
... set side by side, roughly 12 inches long, and 7½" inches wide. Very
roughly, a little longer, but narrower than a sheet of writing paper
$6 will buy you 3½ gallons of gas
(at $1.69 a gallon).
dollars ... roughly the thickness of a ream of paper, 2 inches
thick or 500 sheets. If you made a single stack, it would be a foot high.
You could buy one really top of the
line notebook computer for this pile of cash.
Source : Apple.com
Thousand dollars ... is about the size of a whole box
of copier paper. This is equal to twice the amount of money the average
person in Brooklyn, New York, makes in a year. If you made a single stack,
it would be a stack 24 feet high.
Source : Scientific American, Sept. 2002
Thousand dollars ... A stack 5 feet tall. Shorter than the
average American man. If you made a single stack, it would be 120 feet high.
You can buy a pretty nice house almost anywhere in
America for that kind of cash.
dollars ... The pile is 5 feet tall, 10 feet long, and 6¼ feet wide.
A single stack of dollar bills in this amount would be 3000 feet high.
This stack is comparable in size to a
single compact car. You could buy 505 of them for the amount,
though, with enough left over to fill up the gas tank of 139 of them.
Million dollars... This
pile is now 20 feet tall, 50 feet long, and 31¼ feet wide. The single
stack of dollar bills is now climbing to 300,000 feet tall, or 56.8 miles
This pile is about half as long as a
conventional tennis court.
This load of money will buy you 600
million loaves of bread, or 225 million six-packs of soda in Barbados.
dollars ... This is what the President is
asking for. It is
100 feet tall, 250 feet long, and 125 feet wide. A stack of singles
would be 28,998,000 feet, or over 5,492 miles, more than twice the
distance between Washington DC and Los Angeles (5300 miles).
A Boeing 737-200 jet is 100 feet long. You
could fit 2 of those jets nose to nose along the length of this
$87 billion is more than all of the states'
current budget deficits, combined.
$87 billion is more than two times
the amount we're spending on Homeland Security.
BUT WAIT! THERE'S MORE!
One-Hundred-Sixty-Six Billion dollars ... this equals the
total amount of money
President Bush wants to spend in Iraq & Afghanistan by the
beginning of October, 2004 : the $87 billion he wants, plus
the $79 billion he's already spent.
You can barely see the man down in
This pile is 500 feet long, which is longer
than a football field. A stack of singles would be 55,333,200 feet tall,
or over 10,479.77 miles, 1.68 times the distance between Washington DC and
$166 billion is $568 for every
man, woman and child in the United States.
"[We] want to control spending. And I hope Congress lives up to their words. When they talk about deficits, they can join us in making sure we don't overspend. They can join us and make sure that [they are] focused those items that are absolutely necessary to the American people."
President Bush, Jan. 6, 2003
With a nod to the MegaPenny
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Updated : October 08, 2003