The American Issues Project, a conservative group, has garnered some attention from a commercial it’s airing about Obama’s stimulus bill. (You can watch it by clicking the link.) They argue that if you spent $1 million every day since Jesus was born (roughly 733,285 days), you would still not have spent as much as Congress just did. It’s arbitrary, but it puts things into proportion. Spending is out of control, there is no doubt.
The problem is that the Republicans have fared no better. And they are supposed to be conservatives. It’s clear they preach it, but they certainly don’t practice it. Case in point: if you spent $1 million ever day since Jesus was born, you still will not have spent as much as Congress just did; quadruple that figure and you still will not have spent as much as the cost of our wars in the Middle East. Couple that with Bush’s tax cuts and you begin to see what kind of mess we’re in, namely huge deficits and debts.
I’d note, though, that Obama’s plan to halve the deficit by 2013 is a good step in the right direction.