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A first task will be to understand the magnitudes of large numbers. This website has some very useful graphics. Here is what one million dollars looks like in $100 bills:

Here is what one billion dollars looks like:
And here is one trillion dollars (the dude in the red shirt can be seen standing next to the corner in the lower left!):
The US federal budget deficit in 2010 is estimated to be $1.6 trillion in a budget of about $4 trillion (source, XLS).
Table 1.1—SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS, OUTLAYS, AND SURPLUSES OR DEFICITS (−): 1789–2015
(in millions of dollars)
Year Total On-Budget Off-Budget
Receipts Outlays Surplus or Deficit(−) Receipts Outlays Surplus or Deficit(−) Receipts Outlays Surplus or Deficit(−)

2000 2,025,198 1,788,957 236,241 1,544,614 1,458,192 86,422 480,584 330,765 149,819
2001 1,991,142 1,862,906 128,236 1,483,623 1,516,068 -32,445 507,519 346,838 160,681
2002 1,853,149 2,010,907 -157,758 1,337,828 1,655,245 -317,417 515,321 355,662 159,659
2003 1,782,321 2,159,906 -377,585 1,258,479 1,796,897 -538,418 523,842 363,009 160,833
2004 1,880,126 2,292,853 -412,727 1,345,381 1,913,342 -567,961 534,745 379,511 155,234
2005 2,153,625 2,471,971 -318,346 1,576,149 2,069,760 -493,611 577,476 402,211 175,265
2006 2,406,876 2,655,057 -248,181 1,798,494 2,232,988 -434,494 608,382 422,069 186,313
2007 2,568,001 2,728,702 -160,701 1,932,912 2,275,065 -342,153 635,089 453,637 181,452
2008 2,523,999 2,982,554 -458,555 1,865,953 2,507,803 -641,850 658,046 474,751 183,295
2009 2,104,995 3,517,681 -1,412,686 1,450,986 3,000,665 -1,549,679 654,009 517,016 136,993
2010 estimate 2,165,119 3,720,701 -1,555,582 1,529,936 3,163,742 -1,633,806 635,183 556,959 78,224
2011 estimate 2,567,181 3,833,861 -1,266,680 1,893,113 3,255,668 -1,362,555 674,068 578,193 95,875
2012 estimate 2,926,400 3,754,852 -828,452 2,205,925 3,154,610 -948,685 720,475 600,242 120,233
2013 estimate 3,188,115 3,915,443 -727,328 2,422,390 3,285,517 -863,127 765,725 629,926 135,799
2014 estimate 3,455,451 4,161,230 -705,779 2,646,408 3,498,677 -852,269 809,043 662,553 146,490
2015 estimate 3,633,679 4,385,531 -751,852 2,777,742 3,687,663 -909,921 855,937 697,868 158,069