How Big is $787 Billion? What Would It Buy?
The latest estimates for the stimulus package are about $787 billion, a number so mind-numbing large it's hard to even imagine a number of that size.
Yesterday's "The Gartman Letter" puts it in perspective for us:
$787 billion would buy 4.6 million homes here in the US at the most recent median price of $170,300 for January 2008.
$787 billion would send a check for $2,623 to every man, woman and child in the US.
$787 billion would fund 7.7 million four year scholarships to the average private university in the US at current tuition rates.
$787 billion would fund 30 million full four year scholarships to the nation’s public universities.
$787 billion would buy 27.7 million cars at the average price of an automobile sold last year in the US.
$787 billion would fund four full months of a tax holiday in the US.