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I am not sure it will help, but if you are bored of looking at those line and bar charts communicating the actual size of U.S. debt, you should head to "WTFnoway" [wtfnoway.com], where they present some simple 3D renderings of how the debt would look like when accumulated in nicely stacked bills of $100.

See also:
. One Billion Dollar
. MegaPenny
. U.S. Debtris
. How 3.7 Trillion is Spent
. Your Chance to Cut the U.S. Budget Deficit
. U.S. Debt Clock
. Visualization of the Obama Budget Cuts as Pennies
. U.S. National Debt Clock
. Clear Congress Project

Animated Movies:
. The Credit Crisis Visualized
. Visual Explanation of Collateralized Debt Obligations
. The Economic Fairy Tale
. Understanding the Financial Crisis in Less Than 3 Minutes
. Hidden Cost of Iraq War


I'd like to see this huge sum of money put into further context:
> what is the share divided by each family in America?
> how does our share of this expense compare to the size carried by other nations like us?
> what share of this expense was generated by different categories of government activities?
> what portion of this volume was incurred by expenses related to the financial crisis?
> how does this enormous debt compare to the size of the incomes of the top few thousand corporations?
> how does this volume of money compare to the size of the temporary tax cuts? or to the taxes paid by the largest corporations?

Piled up, it sure seems huge. But what it really needs is some context.


Mon 25 Jul 2011 at 2:41 PM
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