I was wondering how tall stacks of money would get if I stacked them up using $100 dollar bills. Physically, a $100 bill-note is 4 mills thick (.004 inches also .1mm.) Thus, $25,000 made up of $100 bills makes a stack 1 inch tall.
$100,000 that will buy a couple automobiles or a modest home or condo in Phoenix makes a stack of money 4 inches tall.
$1,000,000 (million) makes a stack 40 inches or 3′ 4″ tall.
$1,000,000,000 (billion) a stack 40 thousand inches = 3,334 feet high. At 1451 feet in height, the Willis (formerly Sears) Tower in Chicago is less than half this tall.
$1,000,000,000,000 (trillion) stacks to 631 MILES high. (For you metrics, that is 1,015 km.)
And the US National Debt at $17.3 trillion dollars and rising at the rate of $10,000 per second? That’s nearly 11,000 miles high. And “unfunded liabilities” which are obligations that we are bound by law to pay total more than $127 trillion. How tall is that stack? “Fuggedaboutit.”
Does that make the US Debt the largest fraudulent money scheme and conspiracy in the history of the world. I’d say “Yes, so far.” That’s quite a lot of money.