The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 3, 2012

Your View: Pop quiz

By Burney Johnson
Special to The Globe

DIAMOND, Mo. — When the national debt was about $1 trillion, Ronald Reagan informed us that $1 trillion would be a stack of one thousand dollar bills over 60 miles high. Those would be one thousand dollar bills lying flat, stacked one upon another.

The national debt is now $16 trillion. That would be a stack of one thousand dollar bills over 960 miles high.

Converted to dollar bills, the stack would be over 960,000 miles high. That would be more than enough to circle the earth 36 times, and more than enough to reach the moon three times.

Research question: How long would it take the fed to print a stack of dollar bills 960,000 miles high?

Burney Johnson

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