How much is two trillion?

The Competitive Enterprise Institute passes on this helpful bit of information about the roughly $2 trillion the U.S. will be spending between the Secretary Geithner's new bank bailout plan and President Obama's stimulus package: $2 trillion is bigger than the entire Gross Domestic Product of our neighbor to the north, Canada. In fact, according to the IMF, only Japan, Germany, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy have bigger total economies than the combined bailout/stimulus plan—all other countries on Earth have economies smaller than $2 trillion per year.

And if you'd like to see a visual model of what a trillion dollars would look like all in one place, check this out:

http://www.pagetutor.com/trillion/index.html

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