Putting $800 Billion into Perspective

I remember a time when I was a little kid that I grappled with the concept of infinity. In order to make the abstract into a more concrete concept for me to understand my Dad explained it to me this way: imagine a cement block that’s one mile tall, one mile wide, and one mile deep. Every day a little bird comes and rubs its beak on that cement block one time. The amount of time it would take for that little bird to wear that block down to a speck of sand is how long infinity is.

As adults abstract concepts are easier to grasp, but the almost $800 Billion of the Porkulus bill is so huge that it can still be difficult to wrap our heads around it. To help us with that the group American Issues Project has come up with an advertisement that puts that $800 Billion into perspective. Since our calendar years are based upon the birth of Christ (Anno Domini is Latin for Year of Our Lord) AIP began there.

You can spend $1 million a day since the birth of Christ and still not spend as much as this bill does. Amazing.

Some are asking “why run this add now?” Easy. Because the 2010 elections will be here before you know it, and we can reverse this monstrosity by electing a Republican congress in the midterms.

The Politico reported about this ad but completely misconstrued AIP’s use of the birth of Christ. Maybe Johnathan Martin doesn’t know what AD means.

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