Monday, February 23, 2009

A $Trillion$

The girls and I were walking through the grocery store this afternoon when Cayla asks, "Mom, is a trillion a number?" Sadly, I responded, "Yes! It's the dollar figure of our national debt." What I cannot understand is why the government is bailing out the companies that mishandled the funds in the first place. You know what Einstein says about insanity? "Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results." I've heard several things on the news lately. The first, if the bailout money were given to actual tax paying citizens, as opposed to companies, roughly 90% of the existing mortgages in America could be paid off. Wow, no mortgage payment. THAT could stimulate the economy! Secondly, I've heard that if the money were given to, once again, actual tax paying citizens, as opposed to companies, it would mean about $2000 per family in the U.S. Again, that's a tidy little chunk of change to tuck away, pay off a bill, or buy a new plasma TV. But no, the big plan to bail us (actual tax paying citizens) out is a new tax relief effort that will net us $65 a month. I for one am thrilled. I mean, $65 a month could make the payment on my new Porsche, Toyota, Ford, Mountain Bike pogo stick! Boing! Boing! Boing! PS...spell check doesn't recognize the word 'boing'. It's obviously the sound a pogo stick makes - and Tigger's :)


Clare said...

Yeah, I was discussing this with my mom yesterday. I don't think it is fair that you are taxed with a higher percentage the more money you make. I think a flat tax would be more equitable. I mean, come on, what kind of impetus is it to earn more money if you just have to pay it over in taxes? Sounds like a Robin Hood kind of plan (read:Socialist. What happened to good 'ole capitalism?!

Lisa said...

Well Nina, you outdid yourself! I am still laughing over this one. Thanks for the laughter. I could use the break after my Monday sort of Tuesday.