Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Problem With Mush

So as I've mentioned before I have some major concerns about our national debt, and I don't understand why more people are not completely outraged by our government's fiscal irresponsibility.  Some of you might say, "but wait, didn't President Obama announce that he would begin working on the national debt at the beginning of his presidency?  Is there still hope for change we can believe in?"  

The short answer is no. 

I think part of the reason that people have such difficulty mustering the energy for concern is because our brains turn to mush when we hear numbers like billion or trillion. Well guess what- politicians capitalize on this mush factor.  They know fully well that Americans hear "100 million dollars in budget cuts" and think, "wow, that's a lot. Maybe they are trying to get this thing under control." 

I came across a great video that explains exactly how insignificant 100 million dollars is in comparison to 3.5 trillion dollars. I know the national debt isn't the sexiest topic on the Internet, but the video is less than two minutes. You should watch.

This was created in 2009 after Obama made his announcement. You might be wondering, "is this still relevant?"

The short answer is more than ever.  

So to all you diehard Obama supporters, which prospect is more unsettling- that he has no concept of 100 million in comparison to 3.5 trillion, or that he's counting on the fact that you don't?  


  1. I hope you were wearing your beloved Obama tee while writing this.

  2. Well since it wasn't laundry day, of course I was wearing it.