When President Eisenhower's eighty-one billion dollar budget was considered, a newspaper man wrote this: Do you have trouble visualizing a billion dollars? Think of it this way: Fewer than a billion minutes have passed since the Emperor Nero fiddled while Rome burned. To spend eighty-one billion dollars, the amount of President Eisenhower's 1960 budget, would require spending at the rate of $81 a minute ever since Nero's day—in other words, throughout most of the entire Christian era.
Consider now our nation's three hundred billion dollar debt: It would take thirty-one years to count one billion dollars at the rate of $11 per second. It would take two hundred and seventy three years to give away one billion dollars at the rate of ten thousand dollars per day. It would take 23,751 years to give away our three billion dollar U. S. national debt at the rate of ten thousand per day.