I must admit the money they are taking about - 'they' being the big cheeses up in our Nation’s Capital - regarding the national debt is way beyond my comprehension.
I mean a combined total gross national debt of $18.96 trillion (as of January 26, 2016)
What is that … like a bagillion x’s something?
Or more like a gazillon?
How many 'illions' does it take to even get to the trillion mark?
To me, any number with 'illion' in it has always been - to infinity and beyond. You know - like a number that is so big that you could never have that much of something, or you could never actually count that high. Like when I say I have a bazillion shoes? Well I don't reeeally have that many. But when I say it, it just sounds like I have so many I can't even count them - which by the way may be true but who counts their shoes anyhow?
When you hear a number like $18.96 Trillion, it’s too hard to comprehend, right? It’s not a number that most of us can even wrap our pretty little heads around; or anyone can for that matter. So we just take it at face value that it’s a lot and move on.
As an example, Christian Louboutin shoes sell for like a $1000 a pair and up. That's a lot right? But it’s 'a lot' we can comprehend. Or that a 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo goes for around $260,000.00. That’s a lot too. But still we understand that number. And beach front property in California? $12,000,000.00. Again, still a lot, though most of us will never have it, we understand what 12 million is.
I don’t understand $18.96 trillion. Is it like a huge mountain of something piled high to reach the moon and back a lot of times? Is it something laid out next to one another that stretching around the world, our solar system and the dark hole and back a lot of times? Is it a lot of swimming pools, Olympic size of course, filled up? Again, I haven't a clue.
So, I did a little research to get a handle on what 18.96 trillion actually is, what I found was an article on Clark Howard’s website regarding what $14.3 trillion dollars looks like. This is how he calculated it:
"A dollar bill is 6.14" long. If you multiply that by 14.3T you get 87,802,000,000,000 inches. If you divide the roughly 87.8T inches by 12, you get 7,316,833,333,333 feet. If you divide this figure by 5,280 you get 1,385,763,888 miles."
Well that was helpful. (Not so much.)
So why am I even bringing this number up? Well because our Country's credit card is maxed out to the limit. We O-W-E …$18.96 trillion dollars.
And to make matters worse $18.96 trillion dollars is way over our Country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Huh? Okay, it’s over the annual market value of all the goods and services we produce in our Country.
The GDP is the measurement that tells us what our Country's standard of living is, and as it stands today, if our Country were the Jefferson's we’d have already moved-up to the east side and are living in that deluxe apartment in the sky. Or, in other words we are 'livin' high-on-the-hog, way beyond our means - spending more than we make annually.
It is NOT a pretty picture.
So, are we headed for a debt collapse in the future? I really don’t know.
Will there soon be higher taxes and new fees and fines on anything and everything? Still don't know.
What I do know is that things are not good. And, to me that always means get out while the gettin’s good. Like when you were at a party and two guys started to fight? You knew you’d better get outta there before all heck broke loose and somebody - namely you got hurt. This may be ‘that’ time.
Think long term here for a minute. If you haven't already, you need to be more self -sufficient. This may mean getting out of the city and to a less-traveled-location. It may mean paying down your debt and saving more. Or, putting your money into more tangible things; and no not like a 60 inch flat screen TV, I'm talking things to help you live a more self-reliant life-style, where you could have things to barter with should the need arise or heaven forbid, there be a collapse of the dollar and money as we know it is no more.
And whatever you do, don't put all your eggs in one basket. You know like take all your money and invest it in one thing? Put a little into here and a little into there. Like a little in gold, a little in silver, some self-protection, or even some land.
I'm not saying it’s will be easy - but what I am saying is you've been told and now it’s up to you to take that first step.
Don’t say you weren't warned!
- Survivor Jane
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