How to Spend One Trillion Dollars

The US on track for a trillion dollar deficit. To help you conceptualize just how much money that is, we looked at what you can buy with a trillion dollars.

The 2019 federal deficit is on track to hit $1 trillion. That's more than a boatload of money. TRILLION? Think having a million dollars would be a lot of money? You need a million millionaires to come up with a trillion.

While that's easy to say the deficit will hit a trillion dollars, it’s pretty tough to really visualize what that kind of money can actually do. Can you buy whole cities, take care of everyone’s needs and make everyone happy? Can you do anything in the world with $1.3 trillion? Almost. While you can't fulfill every single need of Americans, there are a LOT of problems you can solve and a lot of happiness you can spread.

Here’s Some Of What You Can Do

College Tuition for Everyone

In 2017 Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced a bill to make college free for families making less than $125,000. It also made community college free for all.

The price tag was $47 billion a year, something you could easily fund with $1 trillion.

Want To Feed The Hungry?

Who doesn’t? If you had just $796 billion, you could give every American living in poverty two hens, plenty of chicken feed and even a prepaid funeral just because you can.

Buy Multiple Sports Teams

In 2018, the Dallas Cowboys were the most valuable sports team according to Forbes, worth $4.8 billion.

For that price, you could buy the Cowboys and have plenty of money leftover to continue shopping for teams, like Real Madrid, $4.09 billion, the New York Yankees, $4 billion, or the Golden State Warriors, $3.1 billion.

Mental Health Care

Depressed just thinking about the deficit? You aren’t alone. Depression is a big problem in America, and it requires long-term treatments. For just $249 billion, you could treat every single depressed American for a year.


Have trouble funding childcare? If just a small portion of that $1 trillion was thrown your way, you could pay for your own childcare and everyone else’s! With just $120 billion, you could pay for childcare for every single preschooler in America.

Health Insurance

If you’ve ever been uninsured, you know how tough it can be to pay for those doctor’s visits. And with millions of uninsured people, that’s a lot of healthcare that isn’t happening. If you had just a small portion of the deficit’s $1 trillion you could pay for every single American without insurance to see a doctor for an annual checkup.

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