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    How Much Do We Owe? That's the $62 Trillion Question

    Earlier this month USA Today splashed a headline on its front page that declared: “U.S. owes $62 trillion.” I wrote a couple blog posts about it — one on the alarming size of the number and another on its juxtaposition with the Anthony Weiner story. It turns out this number — a … More

    Just How Big Is $1 Trillion?

    Billion used to be a big number in the United States, but today trillion is tossed around with increasing regularity. We could use your help communicating its significance. Whether it’s the $14.3 trillion public debt or the $62 trillion owed for the government’s unfunded liabilities, the number is so large … More

    One Billion Dollars is . . .

    A million here, a million there, and pretty soon we’ve got real money. So said Illinois’s Sen. Everett Dirksen, the long-time Minority Leader during the 1960s. who often reminded his colleagues about how quickly a million here and there added up to enormous sums of public spending. Today, of course, … More

    Yes, $2.6 Trillion! A Closer Look at the Full 10 Years of Spending in the House Health Bill

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leadership are frantically trying to find enough votes to pass their giant 2,032 page health care legislation this weekend. But before Speaker Pelosi and liberals in Congress pass their big bill, the American taxpayers should be fully aware of the full price … More