Unless you are sitting in an astronomy class, you probably don’t hear the word “trillion” in too many conversations. Unless, of course, you are talking about our national debt. Our federal government’s total debt is almost $19 trillion, which is about equal to all the goods and services we Americans produce in an entire year. In other words, if the government were to confiscate every company’s production (and I’m not talking about their earnings, but everything that rolls off the production line), they would only be able to pay down the debt, and not have anything left over to pay for government services like national defense, medicare, social security, and the like. So, how will the government ever make a dent in this enormous number, much less pay it back? The same way governments have been doing it for years - they will just print the money, making it worth less each year.