Walking slowly after my jog in the park, lost in thought as I stared up into the crisp blue sky, I heard voices behind me. The increasing loudness told me that the two men were on bicycles. When they were almost upon me I realized that one of the voices was that of a famous local radio personality: he was talking about the mayor’s race and the importance of getting local politicians that can gain the confidence of people in Washington.
“12 billion dollars is a lot of money to put into this region,” he said with a rising tone. “I don’t think many people realize just exactly how much money a billion dollars is.” Silently I agreed with him, glad to know that he recognized the limits of ‘crowd wisdom.’
Then he went on to explain: “I mean, a billion dollars is 100 million dollars.” I noticed a brown leaf falling out of the blueness and watched it settle on the asphalt as his bike passed me by. A little voice in my head spoke softly, “yes, very few people know just how much money a billion dollars is.”