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What Could You Do With $3.73 Trillion?

Defense, education, energy, and seniors are all beneficiaries in President Obama's budget request. But what else could one do with $3.73 trillion?

February 14, 2011

Updated at 1:20 p.m. on February 15.

The budget President Obama proposed Monday -- and defended this morning -- will allocate a total of $3.73 trillion into federal programs. That's not an easy number to get your head around. We take a look at just how big $3.73 trillion really is. (Plus: Check out the five questions you should ask about the president's budget.)

 

 

Defense, education, energy, and seniors are all beneficiaries in President Obama's budget request. But what else could one do with $3.73 trillion?

You could buy 5,006 Obama presidential campaigns.

Obama broke the record when he raised $745 million on his campaign for president. At that rate, the budget could fund 5,006 presidential campaigns.

You could stack bills as high as 2.4 million Washington Monuments.

If you stacked 3.73 trillion $1 bills on top of each other, it would be as tall as 2,408,258 Washington Monuments.

You could buy the team you love to hate—over and over.

Pitchers and catchers report to spring training today. With $3.73 trillion, someone could buy the Yankees—America’s most expensive baseball team, valued at $1.6 billion in 2010—2,331 times.

You could give each American $12,000.

Americans facing debt and home foreclosure crises in this economic climate could take respite: If the budget were dispersed evenly, each citizen would receive $12,000.

You could give Americans 104 Valentine's Days.

An annual Valentine’s Day consumer survey shows that the average American will spend $116.21 on the holiday this year—meaning the current budget could fund Valentine’s Day for every U.S. citizen 104 times over.

You could cover 10,319 miles with $1 bills.

If you placed 3.73 trillion $1 bills end to end, length wise, it would stretch from Miami to Seattle 3.6 times, leaving you somewhere around Wyoming.

You could outperform European countries.

The U.S. budget is greater than the combined GDP's of France, Italy, and Ireland, which amount to $3.6 trillion.

You could outweigh the Statue of Liberty.

If you converted the budget to quarters, it would weigh 1.36 trillion pounds. That's as much as 3,430 Statues of Liberty.

You could fill 9.9 billion midsize cars.

Based on AAA’s daily fuel gauge report, $3.73 trillion could buy 1.19 trillion gallons of gas. That would fill nearly 10 billion Priuses.

You could buy out the giants.

The budget could buy media empires the size of Facebook 74 times and Twitter 373 times.

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