Giant national debt needs giant calculator
September 2, 2009
MONTROSE (AP) – The national debt is so large, it doesn’t even fit on most calculators.
Western Colorado real estate developer Matt Miles says he was concerned that no one in government and most Americans had ever seen that number.
So he made a new calculator.
The “Big Red” calculator has 16 digits, enough to show all the numbers in the national debt, which was listed at nearly $11.8 trillion, or $11,792,918,170,836.43 at the start of September.
Miles says he wants to get people thinking about how much the nation owes.
He wouldn’t say how much he invested to launch Big Red but says the number fits comfortably on a standard calculator.
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Big Red Calculator: http://www.bigredcalculator.com
Treasury Department, national debt: http://tinyurl.com/yrxrsh