Eighteen trillion here, sixteen trillion there... Pretty soon you start talking about real money.
You have very good point there, because it sounds and reads like "nothing too much".
Exactly. Work the idea into your sentences until semantic satiation drains it of all conceivable meaning. For instance, “The planned-for, service-lifetime cost over fifty years of the star-crossed F-35 is expected to be $1.8 trillion dollars, before any potential cost over-runs.” See? The money just spends itself after a while like water finding the fastest route to the sea. Try it yourself: "The F-35 requires one-hundred hours of service for every hour of flight time," or "The F-35 is so expensive to operate that we can't afford to train what pilots we can afford to keep, on actual aircraft any more." Nothing to it.
Ah yes, the FDIC-insured-to-the-hilt derivatives market before Bitcoin was a traded commodity.
Sigh, as smart as we are, huh? Still we struggle.