Outlaw politicians from using the word “trillion” (we have a new way to describe the cost of government proposals)
Around election time, which is continual, politicians throw the word “trillion” around hoping taxpayers haven’t a clue to its meaning. So when Bernie says his green new deal will cost $16 trillion, he knows the number 16 doesn’t sound too outrageous. In this case, though, 16 is a very big number. And not big like I bought 16 whole rotisserie chickens at Costco. And not even big like, I bought 16 Costco’s. No. Much. Much bigger.
We looked at this carefully in our post from February 10, 2018 where we evaluated the relative size of $20 trillion, our national debt at the time. As an example, did you know that:
If a reality TV show had 20 trillion words of dialog spoken and ran 24 hours a day, every day, it would last for 250 thousand years.
To help better communicate the size of a trillion, let’s look at the current national debt which stands at $22,535,028,300,000 or as your congressman or woman would put it, a little over $22 trillion. There must be a better way to portray the enormously large $22 trillion debt so that it more effectively communicates the impact on taxpayers.
We offer you a new descriptive unit for the dollar other than “trillion.” We’re calling it drone dollars. It’s the dollars each taxpayer owes for any proposal you hear from your congress-gender-non-specific person. We use “drone” since so many taxpayers just wander through life guided by the “great ideas” from our politicians. We even designed a symbol for it:
To calculate the drone dollars in terms of the national debt, take that debt and divide it by the number of taxpayers *:
You get a national debt in drone dollars of $160,000. So just like Howard Beale in Network, we want you to get up right now and go to the window, open it, stick your head out and yell “my share of the national debt is $160,000!” Oh yeah, and “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
By the way, if you do decide to take a peak at the “live” national debt clock, note that it only takes 5 seconds to rack up your drone dollars – $160,000 .
Mad as hell yet?
*[Here we’re using the number of tax returns filed and yes we know it’s an average and yes we haven’t included the 9% collected from corporate taxes – which by the way comes from profits which come from sales which come from people. And taxpayers are people.]
Things Congress would rather do than cut the budget
Congress is on recess after completing the difficult job of budget posturing. Like San Francisco’s hope for fighting drug use with government supported drug use, our Congressman and Congresswomen recently developed their treatment plan for deficit spending,… more deficit spending. After all, it’s about safety. The safety of their Congressional seats.
Here’s the big list of things Congress would rather do than reduce the budget.
- Increase the budget
- And anything else