Saturday, July 30, 2011

22 billion in cuts for this year !!! (Ahem....there's a 1.6 trillion dollar deficit this year.)

The much-discussed, now defeated Boehner Bill would have cut 22 billion dollars from this year's Federal spending. 
22 billion is a lot of money, unless you tastelessly mention that this year's deficit is 1.6 trillion.  (That's one thousand billions, plus 600 billions - if you have trouble with all the zeroes.) 

I was looking for an illustration for this, something to show a comparison between 22 billion in cuts as compared to 1.6 trillion hole.  I only found this:

The trifling amount of cuts for this year in the Boehner Bill are roughly equal to the amount we spend on hunting trips. 
I couldn't find any pics of 1.6 trillion dollars.  However, I found a list of what all you could do with a mere one trillion.  Remember to compare the things on this list to the purchase of a tree stand, and to add another 60% to everything listed below....

If you stack up $1,000 bills, $1 trillion would need a pile that is 80 miles high.

$ 1 trillion is more than the combined gross revenues of Wal Mart, Exxon, General Motors and Ford Motors.

Assuming the United States consumes about 17 billion barrels of oil a year and assuming the cost of a barrel of oil is about $65, a trillion dollars will buy an entire year’s worth of oil for the USA.

You could buy a thousand Queen Mary 2 with accommodations for 2,620 passengers

With a population of approximately 300 million people, you could give away $1 trillion by giving every man, woman and child in the U.S. $ 3,400 each.

We could buy everyone on Earth an iPod.

We could pave the entire U.S. interstate highway system with 23.5-karat gold leaf.

We could buy 16.6 million Habitat for Humanity houses

And in the long term, the Boehner Bill only cuts spending by 1.2 trillion over a ten-year period. 
We are freakin' doomed. 
Obi-Ron, you're our only hope....

Thursday, July 28, 2011

From Libertarian Reddit

Assorted pics from the Top 10 posts in Libertarian Reddit:

This quote is apocryphal, if I'm not mistaken.  But if Alex D.T. didn't say it, then he should have:

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Coming Soon: The One Hundred Trillion Dollar Federal Reserve Note

This is a one hundred trillion dollar Federal Reserve Note.  (It's from the Zimbabwe printing press, not the Bernanke Publishing Company.) 

No one in Zimbabwe thought they would ever hold one of these. 

The people who inflated Zimbabwe's currency to the point of uselessness claimed to be doing so for the good of The People. 

This piece of paper isn't linked to anything of value, just like the U.S. currency isn't linked to anything of value. 

Printing one hundred trillion-dollar banknotes creates massive problems for the general populace, but it solves problems for the elite few who run the government printing presses.  Therefore, the elite few are going to run the shit out of the government printing presses. 

Like Zimbabwe, the U.S. has very few safeguards in place to prevent someone from printing all the money they think we need, and using it to pay their buddies for stimulus packages, TARP plans, deficit non-reduction schemes, and the like. 

It will happen here.  Hide and watch. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Harry Browne, on Elitism

"The most ignorant person in the land still knows enough to come in out of the rain.  The lowliest soul in America knows better than you do what would make him happy.  How can you presume to set the rules of life for him - and to force everyone to obey your rules - and then have the audacity to claim that you're doing it for everyone's own good?" - Harry Browne

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Time to purge the photo files

Once again, it is time to purge the photo files.  Here are the things I've saved from Libertarian Reddit, emails and elsewhere that I couldn't find an immediate use for:

Here's an excellent map of our foreign aid expenditures.

Here's a cool drawing of how to cut timber:

Greatest mugshot EVER:

That's all I've got this morning.  Hope everyone has a great day.