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    Quote Originally Posted by Pragmatist View Post
    Maybe we should avoid recessions like the one that caused it. I think I'd rest the fault for that debt on the banking industry, lenders and wall street. There was no president, republican or democrat that would have been able to prevent it after their greed was overlooked.
    How about the folks who repealed Glass-Steakley and refused to regulate derivatives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Miller47 View Post
    I see it.

    Anything else?

    Obama added nearly half of the total national debt in only 8 years.

    You do know that, right?
    Congress, not the president, has control of the spending.
    You do know that, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    Congress, not the president, has control of the spending.
    You do know that, right?
    The prez, as "Captain of the Ship" so to speak, always gets the credit.

    Or blame, as the case may be.

    Obama added nearly $10 Trillion to the national debt in only 8 years!

    Spin and twist it any way you like, but that's just a fact.

    Thanks Obama!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    A hundred dollar bill weighs one gram. (just a factoid I got from the internet.)

    Therefore, a thousand of them weigh a kilogram, and a million weigh a metric ton, and are worth 100 million dollars. A billion dollars would be ten times as much, or ten tons, and a trillion would be ten thousand tons. Multiply that by 20, the current national debt, and you have 200,000 tons of hundred dollar bills.

    Now, let's divide those bills up and load them into half ton pick ups. That would require 400,000 pick ups.

    A Ford F 150 is 209.3 inches long, not including the trailer hitch and/or maxi cab. Let's say, about 18 feet for the average half ton. I'm not sure whether Chevy's are longer or not.

    Now, the Highway patrol recommends at least one car length of distance behind the car ahead for every ten miles per hour, so a row of pickups driving the freeway at 70 mph. would require 8 x 18, or 144 feet of space for each one. Multiply that by 400,000 and the line of pickups, each hauling a half ton of hundred dollar bills would stretch for 57,600,000 feet or just over 10,909 miles.

    There you have it. The national debt is the equivalent of a line of half ton pickups, each loaded with hundred dollar bills, stretching for over 10,000 miles.

    Are there even any freeways that long anywhere in the world?
    Money is simply a number on a computer now, your post is meaningless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Claudius the God View Post
    Money is simply a number on a computer now, your post is meaningless.
    You mean to say that there really aren't 400,000 pick up trucks loaded with $100 bills? Who would have thought it!

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