The Cruel Joke Known as the Budget Deal

They must think we’re stupid. The new budget deal presented by Paul Ryan is a joke. A serious, solemn, straight-faced joke. Obama likes it—mostly. Democrats like it—mostly. Republicans like it—mostly. You know who doesn’t like this budget deal at all? I don’t. When will our civil government realize that we don’t have any money? I know all sorts of Keynesians say that the civil government must operate in the opposite way as a household—that we should save while the government spends. But that’s stupid. And anyone with half a gumption and a partly functioning ganglial bundle would see that. You can’t spend what you ain’t got. Or you shouldn’t anyway.

So our civil government is currently stroking itself over $23 billion dollars cut from the budget over ten years. Let’s put that in perspective. That is 2.3 billion every year. The 2012 budget had 3.803 trillion dollars in outlays and 2.902 trillion in receipts for a deficit of almost a trillion dollars. Do you understand how miniscule 2.3 billion dollars is compared to that? Let’s put it in terms of your household spending.

Let’s say you make $50,000 a year. That will be your receipts. If you were the civil government, you would have spent all of that $50,000, plus an additional $15,523.78. Your wife comes in and says, “This is bad. We already owe a lot of money. So we need to cut our budget in some places.” You lock horns. You don’t want to cut back on beer and cigarettes. She wants to keep buying Pokemon cards. But after a huge ordeal, you finally come to some agreement, and with a grimace, you authorize a budget deal. You decide you are willing to cut… $39.63 from the budget for that year. In fact, you are willing to cut that amount every year for the next ten years. That’s a whopping $396.28 in total! With such drastic austerity measures, how will you survive?

I don’t know whether to laugh maniacally or ball my eyes out or gouge my skull with an ice pick. This is so ridiculous, it’s insulting. And this was approved by the so-called “fiscal conservative” we were so relieved to have as our Vice Presidential candidate. Sure, he made Romney look like the socialist he obviously is. But don’t you see? They are all foaming-at-the-mouth out of their minds. Not a single one of them deserves to be in a position of any authority. I wouldn’t trust them to babysit a corpse, much less run a government. Seriously, when are we going to wake up?