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Four trillion is a really big number. It’s big if you’re talking about dollars, as @davew illustrated in his charming That’s an Awful Lot of Briefcases post a few days ago. But it’s big pretty much no matter what you’re talking about: 4,000,000,000,000 — with all its commas and zeros — doesn’t give our minds a lot to hold on to. It isn’t relatable.
Big numbers, and bigness in general, have been on my mind lately, and they have nothing to do with whatever is going on in our nation’s dysfunctional capital.