Monday, March 7, 2011

A new whirreled record!

Congrats to our betters in DC.  They have shattered the previous record for deficit spending in a month. 


The new record is $223 billion.  For one month.  The shortest month, even.  Good golly I'm just glad it wasn't a leap year!  I suppose I ought to be pizzed off about this, but it is just so incomprehensible.  OK, as an illustration, I'm not big on heights.  Going up ordinary ladders, stuff like that, is no big deal.  But leaning over the handrail of a bridge?  NO!  Screw that!

That's the Yaquina Bay bridge in Newport, Oregon.  Once some friends and I walked across it.  Or, more accurately, they walked across it, while I wussed out just before halfway.  Got to the expansion joint where I could see freekin' water through the gap and I couldn't cope.  Turned around and walked back.  Briskly.  But put me in a passenger jet at 40,000' and I'm totally fine.  The altitude is so much that it becomes surreal.  Though I'm literally about 100x higher than on the bridge, it doesn't bother me.  It is so far from normal that I guess my brain doesn't place it in the "dang, we're scary high up there, ain't we?" category.  In fact, I think I could even skydive.  But bungee jump off a bridge?  NO WAY, NO HOW.  Not even for a Scooby Snack.  If your life depended on me bungee jumping, well... have a nice afterlife, pal.

That's where I'm at with the budget.  Small deficits (ladder)?  Eh, no big deal.  $200 billion per year deficits (bridge)?  What the bloody heck are these morons spending it all on?? Make them stop!!!  $223 billion in a month?  Whee!  We're so high, I can see the curvature of the Earth!  It is so many light-years beyond ridiculous that I can't even process it.


  1. Ah Newport, one of my favorite places.

  2. I read somewhere that last month's deficit exceeded the ENTIRE 1967 federal budget. And we were fighting a freakin' war then, too. Beyond comprehension.

    wv: grece. I kid thee not.

  3. I'm with you on the bridge. I couldn't do it, not for love or money. That video I posted awhile back of the guy climbing the tower made me nauseous, and I was sitting down.


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