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.