Glenn Beck, on his morning show a few days ago, was berating the U.S. for the cost of its embassy in Iraq.
It cost a trillion dollars, he offered up.
When one of his co-hosts gently tried to steer him toward a more reasonable number, like a billion, he snapped back that no, it was a trillion or thereabouts.
The co-host looked it up and informed Beck that it was, indeed, less than a billion. We all make mistakes but this time…Beck didn’t care.
Can you spot the billion in the trillion below?
A billion dollars is a huge amount, but it is peanuts compared to the size of the U.S. economy ($17 trillion).
What is scary is that someone with such a huge audience for potentially educating Americans doesn’t know—and doesn’t care—about the relative size of the U.S. economy and the magnitude of difference between a billion and trillion.