Forgery is Illegal…
Except in congress, then it’s called “Wednesday”. You print fake money, you go to jail. Do it in the Senate, you’re a “Patriot”.
How Much is 800 Billion?
A billion is a one with nine zeros after it. Multiply that times 800.
Exercise: Pretend you’re the Federal Government
Stick a dollar on the copier. Hit “print”. Now do it 799,999,999,999 more times. Assuming you have a fast copier and it takes 1 second to crank out a buck, how long would it take to make $800 billion?
If you hit the button once a second, you’d hit 800 bil in a mere…
25,367 years plus about 10 months.
For those playing along at home, that’s 253.68 centuries… assuming you do it without sleep or breaks. [I suggest working in shifts.]
That sounds kinda long…
The birth of Christ was about 2000 years ago… surely you can avoid potty breaks for 12 – 13 times the length between then and now. OK, sure, printing this is harder than it sounded, but nobody said being a Federal employee was a picnic. Buck up.
WAIT: Does Our Government HAVE $800 billion ?
Technically no, they’re in debt, but you don’t want me to describe how big a TRILLION is. They do however have a helluvalot better printers than you do, and they don’t go to prison for it.
HOUSE VOTE PENDING
The House hasn’t voted on this yet. Do I think they’ll vote for it? Yeah, despite the majority of their constituents screaming “NO”. Face it, they’re Representatives, not representatives. Somehow that makes sense, at least in DC.
If the founders were still around (they died a scant 200 years ago) I have a feeling the guys that threw tea in a harbor would be vandalizing printing presses about now, and for the same reason.