Serendipity. Last week, I heard a Dennis Miller Show interview with House Minority Leader John Boehner (April 30, 2009) in which Boehner noted that as a man who has been in federal government service for 16 years, he is used to dealing with budgets in terms of billions, but even the spending now, measured in trillions of dollars, is difficult for even him to grasp. I too have a really hard time wrapping my head around the size of the numbers. Then
Remember when President Obama ordered his Cabinet to cut $100 million from the budget.I saw this video. What I like about this video is that it shows not only the relative size of the federal budget, but how much of the federal budget is committed to mandatory spending, how much to discretionary spending, and how much (about 1/3 or so) has to be borrowed. Then the speaker shows how much Obama's $100 million really is.
It is pretty astounding (and the patience it took to stach the pennies is impressive.