Category Archives: budget deficit

How much is a trillion dollars?

To give you an ideal of how much money the federal government spends.   If a dollars is equal to a second:

  • 1 million seconds is equal to 11.5 days
  • 1 billion seconds is equal to 32 years
  • 1 trillion seconds is equal to 32,000 years

The national debt is 11+ trillion dollars.  The is a 2 trillion deficit for 2009.  Check out the debt clock to see graphically where the money comes from and where it is spent.