# How High is the Debt Ceiling?

In the past week many flocks of birds have been dropping dead out of the sky, fish have floated belly up on various rivers, and bumble bees are buzzing off to drop dead too. Some have been blaming Bush, others have been blaming invisible airplanes, anti-missile technology, UFOs, Obamacare, Global Warmening/ Coolening, and Santa Claus’s hypersonic sleigh. But the most amusing reason I’ve heard is that the birds have dropped dead after running into the debt ceiling.

I didn’t know they could fly that high!

So I did a little calculation to see how high birds would have to fly to run into the debt ceiling. My presumption is that the debt ceiling needs to be tall enough to fit a stack of dollar bills under it. A dollar bill is .0043 inches thick when stacked, according to the US Treasury. Here is a table showing how high birds would have to fly to run into a debt ceiling defined thusly.

 Dollars Feet Miles One 1 0 0 Million 1,000,000 358 0 Billion 1,000,000,000 358,333 68 1 Trillion 1,000,000,000,000 358,333,333 67,866 2 Trillion 2,000,000,000,000 716,666,667 135,732 3 Trillion 3,000,000,000,000 1,075,000,000 203,598 4 Trillion 4,000,000,000,000 1,433,333,333 271,465 5 Trillion 5,000,000,000,000 1,791,666,667 339,331 6 Trillion 6,000,000,000,000 2,150,000,000 407,197 7 Trillion 7,000,000,000,000 2,508,333,333 475,063 8 Trillion 8,000,000,000,000 2,866,666,667 542,929 9 Trillion 9,000,000,000,000 3,225,000,000 610,795 10 Trillion 10,000,000,000,000 3,583,333,333 678,662 11 Trillion 11,000,000,000,000 3,941,666,667 746,528 12 Trillion 12,000,000,000,000 4,300,000,000 814,394 13 Trillion 13,000,000,000,000 4,658,333,333 882,260 14 Trillion 14,000,000,000,000 5,016,666,667 950,126

Once the debt ceiling passed a billion it was 68 miles up, too high for birds to fly. This happened before the turn of the 20th century. The center of the moon is between 225,622 and 252,088 miles away from the center of the earth. So the debt ceiling passed the moon when the national debt got to 4 trillion. This happened some time in the 1990s, while Clinton was in office. Mars is 34 million miles from earth at its closest approach. This would require a debt ceiling at roughly \$501 trillion. The US government will go bankrupt well before it approaches that level of debt, in fact it will require drastic and destructive measures if the debt approaches the \$16T GDP any closer. So I wonder what the idiots in charge of federal spending are trying to reach. They can’t reach Mars. So what are they trying to reach?

Maybe bankruptcy is the whole goal, after all.

• itrytobenice

have been mind-bogglingly careless with our future. How disgusting.

• http://www.theprecinctproject.wordpress.com ColdWarrior

with our future as they could get away with while most Americans (me included — “We the People”) stood on the sidelines of the real ball game of politics — party politics — and allowed the progressives and RINOs we allowed to be elected to return to congress over and over and over.

For decades, well over half of the Republican Party precinct committeeman slots across the country have been vacant, while there were more than ample numbers of conservatives (again, that includes me) who could have filled them up, learned party politics, and then elected better Republican Party leaders and caused better, more conservative Republicans to win the primary elections.

“We the People,” through our collective spectator roles, allowed others to run our Party and control the outcome of the primary elections, which, traditionally, have VERY low turnout. Conservatives, if they fill up all the vacant precinct committeemen slots, can work together to endorse the best conservatives in the primary elections and can also work together to help elect conservative Party leaders.

Nationwide, there’s about 200,000 vacant Republican Party precinct committeemen slots right now in the Party. That’s over half of the allotted slots. The half that are filled are spit about 50-50 between RINOs/moderates and conservatives. Fill up all the vacant slots with conservatives and, overnight, you’ve got a conservative Republican Party. Those precinct committeemen are the ONLY Republicans who can vote to give Party-endorsements to candidates and who can vote to elect the local, county, state and RNC committee leaders.

Where I live, in Maricopa County, Arizona, we’ve got about 6,754 precinct committeemen slots, but only 2,935 elected precinct committeemen. On Saturday, each of those 2,935 elected precinct committeemen have the right to attend the County Committee Organizational meeting to vote to elect the county committee officers. There’s over 700,000 registered Republicans in the county, but ONLY these 2,935 may vote for the leadership of the Party.

How will it turn out? Will conservatives be elected, or RINOs? Only those 2,935 will determine the outcome. The other 703,000 Republicans will only be able to talk about it.

Take over the Republican Party, conservatives, and you’ll have a chance to control the outcome of the primary elections.

I can’t guarantee that if conservatives fill up all the vacant slots, that we’ll save our country. But I can guarantee two things. If we do this, we’ll have a really, really good chance of saving our country. And, if we don’t do this, we will surely lose our country as we have know it and as we wish it to be.

http://www.redstate.com/erick/2011/01/04/now-is-the-time-today-is-the-day-lets-have-a-coup/

Or, learn from mommymagpie’s example:

http://www.redstate.com/mommymagpie/2011/01/06/how-i-got-on/

We have the numbers. We’ve got plenty of conservatives in this country. We keep hearing we’re a “center-right” country.

So, let’s prove it. Let’s take back the Republican Party and then take back our government using The Neighborhood Precinct Committeeman Strategy.

If each of us get involved, and we each drag every other conservative we know into party politics along with us, we CAN take back this government. But, first we have to take back our Party.

Thank you.

For Liberty,

ColdWarrior

• nessa

Thanks Beaglescout!

• http://beaglescout.wordpress.com Beaglescout

Here is a good map showing where the dead things are dropping out of the sky and floating up from the depths. I haven’t seen any sign of dead aliens dropping out of the stratosphere after hitting the debt ceiling somewhere in interplanetary space.

• http://www.flaliberty.org scorpio0679

I think you are grossly underestimating the height of the debt ceiling. When was the last time you stacked dollar bills and there was absolutely NO space between them? Honestly, even with billions of dollar bills stacked on top of each other, there will be SOME space between each bill.

So I’m thinking, you should add at least a smallish buffer between each bill! Which would of course grossly extend the deficit ceiling — and who knows, maybe we WILL reach Mars??

• http://beaglescout.wordpress.com Beaglescout

Then we’d still be closing in on the moon.