If there’s one thing we know, it’s that you have been on pins and needles waiting for our take on Obama’s stimulus plans.
We aim to please, so let’s get to it.
Let’s start with this observation by Victor Davis Hanson in the Corner:
For just one week we should ban the verb "stimulate" and the noun "stimulus" — and substitute instead the more honest "borrow," or "print," or "debt"; as in "The government plans to borrow another $1 trillion for the economy," or "The administration today decided to print another $300 billion in cash." Or "Congress met to consider a $1 trillion debt program." But as it is now, the euphemisms only take us ever more distant from reality, as trillions of dollars are bandied about as if they were mere five and tens in the government wallet.
While Hanson helpfully offers the suggestion that we speak of the “stimulus” in more honest terms financially, we have a suggestion of our own, in light of that last sentence.
Before Christmas, we had this headline:
Now, we’re up to this:
Now speaking of being helpful – we are earnestly endeavoring to be helpful – let us aid Obama in his efforts to weigh the debt program of borrowing freshly printed cash to jolt the economy that he is considering.
So how much does $1,000,000,000,000.00 weigh?
Ones = 2,204,622,618.75 lbs
Fives = 440,924,523.75 lbs
Tens = 220,462,261.875 lbs
Twenties = 110,231,130.9375 lbs
Hundreds = 22,046,226.1875 lbs
The Obama euphemism: "We’re not talking about a ton of money."
Which is technically correct, it’s more like 11,023 tons, if paid in hundreds.
Now imagine the size of that wallet.