HDR 149: The Devils in Disguise
ALOHA, ALL! Did you ever wonder how we really got in such a financial mess? Sure….the past several years our politicians have been spending like drunken sailors (no offense to the sailors). But how did we REALLY get here? It all started in the 1960s and 1970s – when all those “freaks & hairies” were running amok. We have that wonderful President, Lyndon Johnson, and his Great Society to thank – Johnson established Medicare & Medicaid in 1965. And Richard Nixon did his part, too. He revised benefits for Social Security that have led to its instability. So during the era of “Peace & Love,” ”The Age of Aquarius,” and “Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n Roll” our dear leaders made it so future generations would suffer the consequences of their ineptitude. This will sober you up: ”While the official debt ceiling is approximately $14 trillion, the total debt is actually in the range of $70 trillion. Fifty percent (50%) of voters recognize that the official figures understate the problem, and 64% think all liabilities should be included in the totals. The current system was set in place by Johnson in an effort to hide the cost of the Vietnam War and his Great Society programs.” Groovy, man. Just 23% Realize Deficit Largely Due to Commitments Made in 1960s and ‘70s – Rasmussen Reports™
And now, a message from alert HDR reader George – his take on 0bama’s $3.7 trillion budget for 2012. Good stuff:
This is an effort to get a handle on large numbers. My tiny mind balks at the idea of stringing dollar bills together into space out to and through the sun. I know that they would burn to a crisp long before reaching the sun let alone passing through it.
We are blessed with one President, 100 Senators and 435 Congresspersons for a total of 536.
President Obama has proposed a $3.7 trillion 2012 budget.
That is quite a bit of money!
Instead of $3.7 trillion let us use $1 trillion for comparison. Can’t quite get my mind around $3.7 trillion.
To be FAIR lets give each of them an equal portion of the modest $1,000,000,000,000.00.
This divvies up to $1,865,671,641.79 each.
That is one billion, 865 million,671 thousand, six hundred forty one dollars and seventy nine cents.
In one dollar bills this would weigh about 3,964,552.24 pounds for each of them.
This is just for the purpose of demonstration (our leaders would never ever actually burn, waste yes, our money), we will install a boiler in each of their 536 offices. Each of them will be required to stoke their personal boiler (themselves, no office help, interns or volunteers) every day for 365 days. No congressional recess, holidays, vacations or days off. None. Three hundred sixty five days and/or nights with:
10,861.80 pounds of $1.00 bills which amounts to $5,111,429.16 each and every day.
Five million, one hundred eleven thousand, four hundred twenty nine dollars and 16 cents.
The song “16 Tons” was first sung by Merle Travis in 1946, but Tennessee Ernie Ford made it famous with his version of the song. It’s about a legendary coal miner who loaded 16 tons on one exceptional day. Here’s the Johnny Cash version:
I’d like to see the Congressperson who could shovel 5.43 tons of money every day, forget 16. On the other hand they could probably shovel 16 tons of BS before lunch.
If we were to be generous and allow them their customary recesses, holidays, vacations and sick days, these assigned duties could be quite a challenge.
REMEMBER this is less than 1/3 of the proposed 3.7 trillion budget. To get a true picture of President Obama’s proposed 2012 budget, multiply each of these numbers by 3.7
I am unable to comprehend the degree of intelligence that has engineered us into our 14 trillion dollar debt. Must take a collective IQ in the hundreds.
Please send me a list of any of the 536 that you would really trust with that or any amount of your money.
I doubt that there are any who will ever fully understand any 1000 page bill. No problem. Nancy says, ” We need to pass it to find out what is in it”. I wonder if she understands these numbers?
Please feel free to check my math. Numbers this big make my head hurt and I do not see how they could possibly be correct.
Calculations are based on 1,000,000 bills weighing 2125 pounds. All new bills could be closer to 2200 pounds.
Bills are of equal weight regardless of value.
Each bill weighs about 1 gram.
Please feel free to pass this along to anyone you think will understand my mental gymnastics.
George (Thanks, George – HDR readers are brilliant!!)
Never let a good crisis go to waste. Looks like it works both ways: Gas prices fueling spring of discontent with Obama? « Hot Air Of course, Barry/Barack is taking it in stride: “My poll numbers go up and down depending on the latest crisis, and right now gas prices are weighing heavily on people.” And he is weighing heavily on me. Here’s one reason….
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Energy in America: EPA Rules Force Shell to Abandon Oil Drilling Plans – Common American Journal ”Shell Oil Company has announced it must scrap efforts to drill for oil this summer in the Arctic Ocean off the northern coast of Alaska. The decision comes following a ruling by the EPA’s Environmental Appeals Board to withhold critical air permits. The move has angered some in Congress and triggered a flurry of legislation aimed at stripping the EPA of its oil drilling oversight.” Check out the EPA buffoon in the video: Jobs? What are those? We don’t need no freakin’ jobs!
A little bit of Tea Party history. When The Tea Party Rose « Boogai.net “The historical precedent for the TPM wasn’t the Tea Party event in Boston Harbor on December 16, 1773….The first organized opposition to a tyrannical government in the colonies came in 1764 in the form of the Committees of Correspondence.” This is a great blog post I just read! Check it out – you’ll learn a lot about today’s Tea Party roots.
HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE STICKY NOTE CAMPAIGN? The Sticky Note Campaign hits Georgia Supermarkets « YourDaddy’s Politics Keep a pad of sticky notes in your car, purse, pocket….leave a note wherever you see high prices, like gas pumps, supermarket shelves, etc: ”How’s that hope & change working our for ya? NOBAMA 2012!” Here’s another good one: ”OMG – Obama Must Go!” JUST DO IT…THIS WILL BE HUGE!
Michelle Antoinette must be LIVID!! LOL!!! No Obama invite to royal wedding?! | POLITICO 44 ”Other non-invites noted by Rush Limbaugh include Tony Blair and other Labour Party leaders — reason given by the Royal Family is “This is not an official state event and they are not Knights of the Garter anyway,” Limbaugh said. “I have not seen Clinton’s name on the list,” Limbaugh said. “The original Knight of the Garter.” Frankly, I don’t really care about the Royal Wedding but I’ll watch it just to see what everyone’s wearing (can’t wait to see Camilla’s hat!) And I think it’s hilarious that the 0bamessiah and his Queen were snubbed. (thanks to Lee for the link.)
Final Thought: ”If you voted for 0bama in 2008 to prove you’re not a racist, you’ll have to vote for someone else in 2012 to prove you’re not an idiot.” (Thanks to Charlie for sending me this one!)
GOD BLESS AMERICA – PASS THIS ON – REMEMBER IN 2012!!