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More Debt...*facepalm*

"The federal public debt, which was $6.3 trillion ($56,000 per household) when Mr. Obama entered office amid an economic crisis, totals $8.2 trillion ($72,000 per household) today, and it's headed toward $20.3 trillion (more than $170,000 per household) in 2020, according to CBO's deficit estimates.

That figure would equal 90 percent of the estimated gross domestic product in 2020, up from 40 percent at the end of fiscal 2008. By comparison, America's debt-to-GDP ratio peaked at 109 percent at the end of World War II, while the ratio for economically troubled Greece hit 115 percent last year."
CBO report: Debt will rise to 90% of GDP

So real life example... Say you and your spouse make a combined amount of $100,000 a year. First of all, your in pretty good shape income-wise compared to many. Can you imagine supporting your home while you give $90,000 of that to credit cards and paying bills with $10,000 a year? What advice would you give if you were a financial advisor to this home? Perhaps "stop buying things on credit and spending what you don't have!" Would you explain the concepts of interest and inflation? The country is in the same state as this home, but the morons in congress and our Presidents (yes, that's plural) keep saying "eh, we'll get more credit - we're good for it!" Unfortunately, our "banks", primarily China and Japan, are catching on.

Most people can barely live with the income they keep after the current taxes. I can't imagine living on %10 of my income, so why is it ok for our governmnet to?

Amusing Ways to Save Tax Dollars...

Jay Leno suggested we use a swear jar everytime VP Biden forgets there's a hot mic nearby.

My solution? Instead of having 22 pens for a president to sign his name to a bill, he uses ONE! Perhaps that's not all that funny, but I've always scratched my head on why that happens. It's all done for the sake of having souvenirs to hand out - still kind of stupid, IMO, but it's been a tradition for many years.

Why Did Obama Use So Many Pens to Sign the Health Care Bill?

So what are your favorite, amusing, ways we can save the country some cash?

These are our leaders... *facepalm*

There are a bunch of stories I haven't brought here yet - but this one makes me *facepalm* yet again.

This story is one I've been expecting to see for a while. Virginia is getting in on it too.

51, 60...What's the difference!

Lots of numbers on LLH this week... more to come in the next few days too.

With all this talk about reconciliation I figure I would go straight to the man in charge to see what his feelings about it are. Luckily, someone already did it for me.

WHEW! Glad there are no special rules, exceptinos, illegal alterations of code, or unethical practices being used on this healthcare issue.

Yeah, we really dodged a bullet here...

Who is Nolan anyways?

Took the quick 10 question Nolan quiz today. I'm not surprised by the results - I mean they're accurate for me - but I also don't put much faith in a 10 question quiz to determin your political beleifs that well.

BTW, David Nolan is one of the people responsible for the Libertarian Party popularity and founding in 1971.

So take this quiz and post in the comments where you land!

Hella Cool...

Today I read a story about how the 10^27 number range doesn't have a name. There is a movement to name this range "Hella", and I think that's Hella Cool.

Official SI prefixes:
10 = deca
100 = hecto
1,000 = kilo
1,000,000 = mega
1,000,000,000 = giga
1,000,000,000,000 = tera
1,000,000,000,000,000 = peta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000 = exa
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = zetta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = yotta
1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 = unnamed

I find it interesting that they don't have a SI name for 10^27 through 10^99. I'm not sure why they don't just use the Short Scale names. (Short scale of 10^27 = Octillion, 10^30 = nonillion)

Googol = 1 with 100 zeros

It's said that there are not even this many atoms in the entire existance of the universe.(It's somewhere in the range of 10^80 to 10^85)