Obama Budget Cuts For Dummies

The United States’ national debt is now over $14 trillion, and growing by the second.
The human mind has difficulty grasping astronomical numbers of millions, billions, and trillions — and politicians traffic on and exploit that inability. To help you kinda grasp what words like “million,” “billion,” and “trillion” mean, here’s a guide:

1 million = 1,000,000 =10 or 6 zeroes  
1 billion  = 1,000,000,000 = 109 or 9 zeroes 
1 trillion = 1,000,000,000,000 = 1012 or 12 zeroes

Even that doesn’t really help us to comprehend the enormity of those numbers. Here’s an e-mail forwarded to me by beloved fellow Joseph which pierces through our mental fog by translating Obama’s proposed budget cuts into terms we can readily understand.

President Obama ordered the cabinet to cut a whopping $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget!
I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2000 a month on groceries, medicine, bills, etc, but it’s time to get out the budget cutting axe, go line by line through my expenses, and go to work.
I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio -1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2000 a month; I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents!
Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about. I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries.
John P. Taxpayer

This morning’s news is that House Republicans want to slice more than $30 billion from agency budgets over the next several months. While $30 billion is an improvement over Obama’s $100 million, that is still paltry. $30 billion in budget cuts is the equivalent of John P. Taxpayer cutting $18 from his monthly $2,000 budget or $216 a year.

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9 years ago

we elected a moron who believes he had visited 57 states so who thought this cretin was going to be good with math?

9 years ago

Liberals math = oxymoron

9 years ago

Actually, when you factor in all the “off the books” stuff, unfunded mandates, the hidden BS the government doesn’t want you to see, etc., the total accumulated national debt this nation has amassed is knocking on the door of an eye-popping $114 Trillion.
No, that extra “1” in there is not a typo.
I’m talking one-hundred-and-fourteen TRILLION dollars.
That is more money than God has.