316 lbs. I lost 3 lbs. Let’s Have A Party!


President Obama has called the budget cut the biggest annual spending cut in history.

That reminds me of when I went to the doctor a few weeks ago.

I’m about 6 feet tall. The doctor said I should weigh around 180. I weigh 316 pounds. The doctor said, “Unless you drop some serious weight immediately you are at extremely high risk for a heart attack or stroke.”

So, I made some big lifestyle changes. Instead of ordering the Triple Bacon Cheeseburger, I switched to the double. I’m pretty proud of myself.

I’m pleased to tell you that I now weigh only 313. I haven’t gone back to the doc yet, but I’m pretty sure my impressive weight loss has helped me to avoid any health complications for the next year or so. I think I’m good at this weight and I like to think I’m in pretty darn good shape now!

But back to the budget…how much did they really cut it?

Billions, trillions, etc…does anyone know what that looks like? What do the numbers mean?

Let’s take a look. Here are the numbers for the federal budget along with a comparable family budget:

Impressive, isn’t it?

It seems they spent an awful lot of time fighting over a statistically insignificant amount of money.

Would it make sense for a family that is ridiculously deep in debt to spend weeks arguing whether they should cut spending by $7 a week or $27 a week? “Honey, if we cut our spending by one penny more than $17 I am shutting down this household.” Really?

It’s great that they banned abortion funding in DC. But the rest of it is a giant failure by Republicans and Democrats to address this issue of irresponsible and immoral spending by the federal government.

Let’s hope the 2012 budget starts with real reform.



  • Vermont Crank

    The best that we can hope for is a total financial collapse and the breaking-up of America into Regional Confederations of States. Y’all are welcome to the Northeast

  • Rachel

    Excellent analogy, Patrick!

  • Pat

    To quote Mr. Micawber from Dicken’s David Cooperfield:

    “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds nineteen and six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.”

    Great Article, Patrick!

  • Lewis Kapell

    There are a couple of important points to keep in mind here:

    1) Right now the federal government is losing the confidence of investors. It is becoming harder to find any here or abroad who are willing to purchase additional Treasury bonds – the instrument by which the government finances its debt. This is turn creates the danger of higher interest rates for future borrowing, which would accelerate the debt crisis. What seems like a minor spending cut sends an important message to investors that the U.S. government is finally getting serious about coping with its debt problem. This is vital because, in the short term, the government will need continue borrowing more money each year just to meet its existing obligations.

    2) This is related to the second problem – our debt is primarily caused by mandatory spending, i.e. spending required by law, as opposed to discretionary spending. Mandatory spending consists of the big three entitlement programs – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, plus unemployment benefits and interest payments on the national debt. The cost of our entitlement programs, particularly Medicare and Medicaid, has been exploding due to the increase in the average lifespan and the increase in the cost of health care. To do anything about this problem requires a change in the way these programs work, which cannot be achieved during the process of allocating funds for a partial-year budget resolution. It requires separate legislation; and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has proposed exactly that as part of the “Path to Prosperity”, the Republican House budget plan for Fiscal Year 2012, just announced a few days ago.


    AMEN! Praying, researching and will be voting for real reform in 2012!!



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