The United States’ federal debt limit was $2 trillion in the early 1980s. One Congressman joked in 1985: “What comes after a trillion?” A quadrillion is one thousand trillion.
In 2009 and again in 2010, the United States ran annual deficits of over a trillion dollars. “Don’t Tell President Obama What Comes After A Trillion” was a saying put on bumper stickers, T-shirts and other gift items, criticizing the president whose administration contained the large deficits. In October 2010, Republican speaker and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin told a California audience: “Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion.”
1. (US, modern British & Australian, short scale) A thousand trillion: 1 followed by fifteen zeros, 10(15 power).
2. (dated, UK, Australian) British & Australian, long scale. A million trillion: 1 followed by twenty-four zeros, 10(24 power).
Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
Origin of QUADRILLION
French, from Middle French, from quadri- + -illion (as in million)
First Known Use: 1674
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26 September 1985, Miami (FL) Herald, pg. 19C:
Noting the latest lifting of the federal debt limit to $2 trillion, “What comes after a trillion?” asked one perplexed Congressman.
3 November 1992, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 21:
On his watch, the national debt has ballooned to $4 trillion dollars (What comes after a trillion? A zillion?) and hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs.
Thursday, May 8th, 2008…6:15 am
What Comes After A Trillion?
By Eric J. Fry
The supply of newly-minted dollars bills has doubled since George W. Bush took his first oath of office.
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06-02-2009, 10:34 AM
My prayer: “Please, God, don’t let Obama find out what comes after “trillion”. Amen”
The American Spectator
Please Don’t Tell Obama What Comes After a Trillion!
By G. Tracy Mehan, III on 7.14.09 @ 6:07AM
My daughter who lives in Wyoming called my attention to a bumper sticker, white letters on a black field, bearing the message, “Please don’t tell Obama what comes after a trillion!”
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September 21, 2009
And that it is how former House Whip Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., chose to illustrate the challenges facing conservatives in the Obama era. Friday, AlterNet’s Adele Stan reported Blunt’s words to the conservative Values Summit:
He went on to say that he recently saw a bumper sticker he liked that read: “Don’t let Obama find out what comes after a trillion.”
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Los Angeles (CA) Times - Top of the Ticket blog
Sarah Palin pleads: ‘Nobody tell Barack Obama what number comes after a trillion’
October 18, 2010 | 1:34 am
Sarah Palin, that reputed Republican rebel who’s supposed to be at odds with the national party, swung through California this past weekend to rouse Republicans at a Republican National Committee rally in Anaheim.
Palin’s full remarks are just below here in video.
Palin said, please, nobody should tell the Democratic president what number comes after a trillion. (It’s quadrillion.)
New York City • Government/Law/Military/Religion /Health • Tuesday, October 19, 2010 • Permalink