A picture, they say, is worth a thousand words. How about $16.394 trillion of them?
Here's a fascinating link showing what the current U.S. economy is, using $100 bills to illustrate.
"United States owes a lot of money," says the article. "As of 2012, U.S. debt is larger than the size of the economy. The debt ceiling is currently set at $16.394 trillion and approaching rapidly."
Here's ten thousand dollars:
Here's a million dollars:
And a billion.
See this link for the full impact of the visuals. And this, my friends, is our current debt ceiling, $16.394 trillion. I had to seriously shrink the illustration in order to get a screen capture of it, but suffice it to say each of those stacks towering over the Statue of Liberty consists of dense cubes, each cube of which is a billion dollars.
This is not good.