Will buy you and your friends about 50 hotdogs, or a really nice dinner for you and your wife at a fancy restaurant. You may even be able to buy her some flowers on top of that.
1,000 (one thousand) dollars might pay your monthly mortgage, or at least a week or two of it. You might make two car payments, or refrigerate your air for a few months in the heat of summer.
10,000 (ten thousand) dollars might buy you a decent used car, or pay for your son or daughter's room and board at college for 6 months. You could buy bananas for every person in the smallish town I live in.
100,000 (one hundred thousand) dollars might pay off your mortgage, or put a pretty big dent in it. You could buy a real nice BMW or Mercedes Benz, top of the line, trimmed out with every option. You could put a child through four years at a public university.
1,000,000 (one million) dollars would let you live on it for the rest of your life just by investing in AT&T (6.75% dividend), if you lived modestly, and your house was paid for. You could put your ten children through college. You could pay off the mortgages of yourself, your parents, and your spouse's parents, as well as your next door neighbor, perhaps.
10,000,000 (ten million) dollars would let you live however you wanted for the rest of your life. Or you could be really generous, give half to charity, and still live pretty darn nice for the rest of your life, no matter how old you are.
100,000,000 (one hundred million) dollars is an obscene amount of money. You could start a business and employ hundreds in some useful endeavor. You could give away 90% of it and live like a king for the rest of your life. You could make 100 of your closest friends millionaires in one day.
1,000,000,000 (one billion, a thousand million) dollars is almost unfathomable. You could have a billion pennies, and still have 10,000,000 dollars. The US Government spends 4 more of these every day than they have. Multiply by the 4 by 365 to see how many of these they spend more in a year than they have. I don't know how many of these they spend in a day for which they do have sufficient funds. At 5%, the daily interest on the national debt is 1.8 billion dollars.
10,000,000,000 (ten billion) dollars is 10,000 millions. That's a lot of millions. I could buy a nice used car a million times. Just a gargantuan amount of money.
100,000,000,000 (one hundred billion) dollars, er, how much is that exactly? One hundred thousand million. I don't think there are five people on the planet who know what one hundred billion looks like. There are, however, at least 435 + 50 + 1 people who can spend one hundred billion dollars faster than you can shave, shower, and drive to work.
1,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) dollars is 1,000 billion. A thousand billion! A million million! We have now entered na-na land. Or the twilight zone. Who on earth says one trillion in the same sentence as spend some money? Tainted Koolaid drinkers. They are buying rounds for everybody. But wait...
10,000,000,000,000 (ten trillion) dollars. How many zeroes are there in that number? There are not enough molecules in every American to cover that amount. What kind of sicko, wacko people are running this nation? The national debt is much bigger than that, and growing by the billions every day.
Time to limit the government to 1 or 2 billion per day, no borrowing. In about 100 years, the final installment on the debt will have been paid for by great-great-great grandchildren. Or, if we amortize over 30 years at just 5%, our monthly payment on it will be just shy of 70,000,000,000 (70 billion) dollars, and we'll have paid only 12,100,000,000,000 (12.1 trillion) dollars in interest. It would, however, be paid off in the year 2040 A.D., so only us, our children and our grandchildren will have been saddled like asses with the spenders' lasciviousness.
Hopefully, Jesus Christ will have returned long before that, but it is silly to plan that way. Only God knows the day of his return. He's given mankind nearly 2,000 years so far to appreciate his un-paralleled accomplishments.
Even so, come quickly, lord Jesus.