The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

October 30, 2012

Your View: Do the math

By Rick Bennett
Special to The Globe

SENECA, Mo. — Joplin Globe editorial page readers, here is a question for you.

How long does it take a trillion seconds to go by? Days, months, years? What do you think?

The answer is: 31,688 years, 269 days, 1 hour, 46 minutes, 40 seconds.

Think about that in dollar bills. Our national debt is $16 trillion and growing.

Rick Bennett