January 5, 2013

A Taxpayer's Perspective: The Fiscal Cliff

Looking at our national debt crisis is like looking at the distances between galaxies. The numbers are so huge that they don't make sense.

U.S Tax Revenue: $2,170,000,000,000

Federal Budget: $3,820,000,000,000

New Debt: $1,650,000,000,000

National Debt: $14,271,000,000,000

Budget Cuts: $38,500,000,000

So, in order to gain a proper perspective let's remove 8 zeros and pretend that the federal numbers are actually your family's budget. Now the numbers still represent our nation's crisis but at a personal level that we can fully understand and appreciate.

Annual Family Income: $21,700

Money The Family Spent: $38,200

New Credit Card Debt: $16,500

Outstanding Balance Owed On The Credit Card: $142,710

New Family Budget Cuts: $38.50

Starting to make a little more sense now...
We are just about to lose everything we own and decide not to have Chinese take out in response.

We are in deep, deep kimchi.

Take another perspective: say you come home and find that the sewer backed up and your house is full of crap right up to the ceilings.

Possible Solutions:
1) Remove the ceilings.
2) Unclog the sewer and remove the crap.


The numbers ain't quite up to snuff as the national debt is now over $16 trillion but everything else is close enough for gubmint work. I wish I could say that this perspective was the product of my own creative juices, but all I did was dress the language up a bit. I saw a similar image posted on a friend's Facebook page (with out a source) and I cannot give proper credit where it is due.


LL said...

The collective wisdom of the American people decided what to do.

Keep Obama - do nothing - ride it into the ground and devil take the hindmost.

The rest of us have to make out own way through this.

sig94 said...

Now that the people have decided to enrich themselves from the public treasury, their greed has made this slippery slope even slicker.

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." A. Einstein

I'll go you one better ... "Stupidity: Expecting someone that ruined something to fix it." Woodsterman