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Times Online article puts the US national debt in perspective. America’s national debt limit was increased yesterday to $9 trillion. That’s $9,000,000,000,000. Japan is the biggest creditor, at $668 billion. China, the second-biggest, recently increased its stake by $40 billion to $263 billion.

  • Enough to buy Buckingham Palace 9,000 times.
  • Is roughly four times Britain’s GDP.
  • Equates to $1,500 for every man, woman and child in the world.
  • Would buy all the tea in China. In fact it would buy all the tea in the world for the next 2,000 years.
  • Is enough to solve the Palestinian crisis by rehousing every Israeli and Palestinian family in a £1.5m detached house in Henley-on-Thames.
  • Would build 28 Eiffel Towers — constructed out of gold.
Link to article:
US spends its way to 28 Eiffel towers: made out of pure gold by Tim Reid.

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