The U.S. financial disaster explained

For those of us who aren’t good with numbers that are too large to fit on our cheap pocket calculators, an easy-to-understand explanation of the mess our elected representatives in Washington have created:

Here’s why Standard & Poors downgraded the U.S. credit rating.
U.S. tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
New debt: $1,650,000,000,000
National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
Recent budget cuts: $38,500,000,000

Now remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget.
Annual family income: $21,700
Money spent by family: $38,200
New credit card debt: $16,500
Outstanding balance on credit card: $142,710
Total budget cuts: $385


One Response to The U.S. financial disaster explained

  1. Freedom, by the way says:

    Excellent. I wouldn’t lend that household a dime if I were a bank. Is “the good faith of the US” really worth 14.7 Trillion? Doesn’t sound like a good investment to me.


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