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“To put a trillion dollars in context, if you spend a million dollars every day since Jesus was born, you still wouldn’t have spent a trillion,” McConnell said.

This comes from a CNN editorial on our perspective on the number 1 trillion.

You know nothing makes a number seem big and important like putting a reference to the birth of Jesus.  This is the worst comparison between units I’ve ever seen.  

a) when was jesus born?  you might say 2009 years ago.

b) what’s 1 million times 2009 years x 365 days in the year (don’t forget leap years!)? right a little under 733,285,000,000 billion. 

c) providing the context of religion and dollars and time eternal makes this far confusing than it needs to be (the intention, i know!)

This is important stuff, ya know.

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