Start counting mind-numbing numbers

 

I’m a student of mathematics. After listening to three weeks of billions and trillions, I wonder if anyone other than me has any concept of what those numbers mean.

A billion is one thousand million.

A trillion is one thousand billion.

It is physically impossible for a human being to actually count from zero to one billion in a single lifetime.

A couple of years ago, the total value of every single house in Weston was about $8 billion.

The original cost savings proposal, before the shutdown, saved $80 billion or $80 thousand million and it was laughed at.

The Iraq and Afghan wars are thought to have cost $3 trillion.

It is all so out of control that I’m now of the opinion that 435 people chosen at random, like jury duty, could do a better job than the lot now “serving” in the House. Maybe we should all start counting.

Jon Marks, Sunrise

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