Monday, April 20, 2009

If you made $50,000 a year, could you cut a buck thirty nine from your budget?

I'm sorry, but this one just floored me. I guess Pres. Obama has asked his Cabinet to cut $100 million from their budget. Sounds like a lot, doesn't it? Not when you're talking about a $3.6 trillion budget. $100 million out of a $3.6 trillion budget amounts to a 0.00278% cut.

So, if Kansas were to enact the same cuts, they'd have to cut $361,000 from the state's $13 billion budget.

Or, here's a better way to get your mind around it. If the $3.6 trillion budget was represented instead by a $50,000 family budget, the family would have been asked to cut spending by $1.39!

Seriously? I'm supposed to give the President credit for asking the government to cut spending by less than three one thousands of a percent? What would amount to a buck thirty nine cut for a family budget of $50,000?

The real story is the motive. Is it a tea party effect? Perhaps.
“We also have a deficit — a confidence gap — when it comes to the American people.”
Yes you do Mr. President, but cutting a $1.39 from $50,000 isn't going to restore our confidence.

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