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....