The country’s national debt is now so high, over $16.7 trillion, that if the figure was converted into $5 bills it would stretch almost to the moon.
According to the latest available data from the U.S. Treasury, the total public debt outstanding is $16,738,105,803,858.21, while the distance between the earth and the moon is 238,857 miles.
Since President Obama took office the figure has increased by more than $6 trillion, the largest increase to date under any U.S. president.
A graphic representation of how far the U.S. national debt would reach to the moon if pile up in $5 bills – 2013 vs 1981
During the eight-year presidency of George W. Bush, the debt soared by $4.9 trillion.
On January 20, 2009, the day President Obama took office, the debt stood at $10.626 trillion. The latest posting reflects an increase of over $6 trillion.
The current national debt figure is also the highest since the end of the second world war. Every man, woman and child in the U.S. currently owes $55,091 for their share of the U.S. public debt.
Of the $5.1 trillion dollars of debt owned by foreign governments, nearly half is owned by China and Japan.
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan famously said that a stack of $1,000 bills equivalent to the U.S. government’s debt would be about 67 miles high. In $5 bills that would only have reach 13,400 miles.
Under President Obama the debt has increased more than $6 trillion, while President Bush added $4.9 trillion
U.S. NATIONAL DEBT ALMOST REACHES TO THE MOON: HOW IT ALL ADDS UP
- The national debt currently stands at $16,738,105,803,858.21
- A dollar bill is .0043 inches in thickness
- $16,738,105,803,858.21 multiplied by .0043 equals 71,973,854,956.59 inches
- 71,973,854,956.59 divided by 12 is 5,997,821,246.38 feet
- A mile is 5,280 feet in length
- In $1 bills the national debt would stretch 1,135,951 miles into the air
- In $5 bills that equates to 227,190 miles
- The Earth is 238,855 miles from the moon
- Difference 11,665 miles
Attribution: Mail Online