Federal budget makes cosmos look less significant in comparison.
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The $1.1 trillion spending bill approved by the Senate Saturday night is over six times larger than the estimated number of galaxies in the observable universe.
$1.1 trillion is a little over a thousand billions and astronomers estimate there’s only around 170 billion galaxies in known existence, stretching nearly 14 billion light-years away in every direction.
Additionally, one study estimates the number of stars in the Milky Way Galaxy at 100 billion, not significantly higher than the food stamp program accounting for $82 billion or about 13% of the budget, which already cleared the House of Representatives on Thursday and is expected to be signed by President Obama.
It’s amazing how the federal budget makes the known universe look less significant in comparison.
To put it into the perspective of time, 82 billion seconds ago was around 528 B.C. during the early stages of the Persian Empire and 1.1 trillion seconds ago was before 30,000 B.C.
If the entire $1.1 trillion budget was stacked in dollar bills, it would reach over 63 miles high into the mesosphere layer of the atmosphere which is well above the maximum altitude of aircraft and not too far from the minimum altitude of satellites.
The national debt really began to accelerate when the Federal Reserve Act was passed in 1913, which practically gave the government unlimited funding at the expense of the American public who are unaware they are paying for it through a hidden tax called inflation.
Written by Kit Daniels
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