Mad-Dog Mad!

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By: Wayne Brown

About the time that I was getting sick of hearing any news that contains references to the term “billions”, the current administration started using the term “trillions”. If we are a society that is making progress the shift between these terms in our governmental cost discussions does not register in a positive fashion. For the American public, there is a null or neutral feeling regarding these terms because either one of them is outside the scope of their comprehension. In attempting to bring them into that scope, I began to brainstorm as to what we as individuals could accomplish with that amount of money.

Let’s look at the recent emergency stimulus spending package that was rushed through the Congress providing the Obama Administration with $800 billion dollars (in round numbers) to get the economy back in action. Let’s start with understanding how much money this is and then we can examine the buying power of it in a comparative fashion.

Most of us have probably dreamed at some point in our lives of how great it would be to actually become a “millionaire”. To put the number above in perspective, a “billion dollars” is representative of becoming a “millionaire” a thousand times over. Now, multiply that number by 800. We started with the dream of one million dollars multiplied that by a factor of 1,000 then multiplied that by a factor of 800. In doing that, it is not just one of us alone who becomes a simple “millionaire”, it is now 800,000 of us who are now millionaires.

So now we have 800,000 millionaires, so what? Well, let’s bring it down to a more of a local perspective. If that money was handed out one million dollars at a time, we create 800,000 millionaires. That is the equivalent of making 41% of the total population of the City of Houston, Texas millionaires over night. The 2000 U S Census lists Houston with a population of just over 1.9 million people. Looking at it from a different angle, if we divide the money between the citizens of Little Rock, Arkansas, each man, woman, and child would get just over $421 million dollars.

If you laid a million dollars end to end, it would extend along its length for almost 95 miles or roughly the distance between Baltimore, Maryland and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Using a billion dollars end to end, it would extend along its length for by a factor of 1,000 or approximately 9500 miles. That amount of money could be used to cross the USA coast to coast over three times. Multiply that by a factor of 800 and the result is 7.6 million miles or an amount of money that would span the coast to coast width of the USA over 2500 times.

Based on the round number manufacturer’s retail selling price of a full-equipped 2010 Chevrolet Malibu of $25,000, a millionaire could purchase 40 of them at one time. A billionaire could multiply that number by a factor of 1000 and provide 40,000 of them. Using that figure, if we used the emergency stimulus spending figure of $800 billion dollars or apply a factor 800 to the billionaire’s buying power, we could now provide 32 million of these cars. That is enough vehicles to give a car to every single person in the State of Texas and still have over seven million cars left to distribute.

If we look at it in terms of home ownership, based on the median price of a home in the USA today of approximately $178,000, a millionaire could purchase five of them. In contrast, a billionaire brings a factor of 1000 to that number supplying 5,000 homes. Apply a factor of 800 to that number to turn the stimulus money into homes and we can purchase four million homes of median value. That is enough to give almost everyone in the State of Alabama a new home.

If we weigh it in terms of purchasing Boeing 757-200 commercial aircraft (the type Nancy Pelosi is supplied for her use), we find that the average millionaire could not even buy one without financing a large portion of the 65 million dollar price tag. The billionaire would be much better off and be capable of purchasing approximately 15 of the aircraft. Applying the stimulus package factor of 800, we see that we could have purchased over 12,300 of these aircraft. As of 2007, American Airlines was the largest domestic operator of this aircraft with 141 of the aircraft in the fleet. Based on our purchasing power, we could replace the American fleet over 87 times. That is enough aircraft to move just over 1.8 million people at the same time or putting it another way, we can almost move the entire population of Houston, Texas at once.

Okay, I think you are starting to get the picture. When we look at the amount of taxpayer dollars consumed in the recent emergency spending package we see that once we bring that dollar figure down to our level, it is an amount of money that can do phenomenal things. To see the purchasing power of $800 billion dollars and then realizing that we now measure our national debt in terms of “trillions” is staggering to think about. It is also sickening to see how little effect the spending of $800 billion dollars, which the taxpayers did not have, is having on stimulating the U.S. economy. In fact, I have yet to see any reasonable accounting as to how that money was spent. I think we were robbed!

Spending and borrowing of this nature cannot continue if America is to remain as a country. Based on recent calculations and considering the current levels of spending, in a small matter of years our domestic taxpayer debt will be approximated 62% of the Gross Domestic Product (or the sum dollar value of all the USA produces in one year). Or, if you want to look at it in terms of your household dollars that would mean over 6 out of every 10 dollars of income you bring home will go back out the door to pay bills that are coming in. Most folks would quickly conclude that trend is not sustainable without some extreme suffering in terms of our individual quality of life.

Our elected officials speak of a billion dollars as if it is change for a five. For an average American, one billion dollars would be an amount of money beyond their wildest dreams. In fact, in this country, if something costs less than a billion dollars for our government to carry out our elected officials say the taxpayers got a bargain.

The Founding Fathers never intended it to be this way. They never intended the Federal Government to ever be as big as it is today. They never intended it to have the powers it has today over our daily lives. They never intended for our Congress to stay in session for most of the year. They never intended for Congress to assume their primary mission was to either make new laws or spend money. All of this has come about with the on-going erosion of states rights over the years and the growth of the welfare state within America. The Federal Government has taken taxpayer money and literally bribed, no…better yet extorted cooperation from the states with offers of pork barreling and federal aid.

I currently live just down the street from a large church that was once surrounded on its east side with a beautiful greenbelt and grassy area that was just the perfect little park. The land had been donated to the church many years before and had remained untouched in its natural state. Enter the Federal Government and the EPA with all of their requirements on clean air, etc. and everything goes to hell. The government has decided that our good citizens must be lured into doing what’s right in terms of clean air so the Federal Government is offering financial grants to various cities suffering with pollution issues to build facilities such as Park n’ Rides that will reduce the traffic on the freeways. So the local city representatives approach the church with $440,000 in government grant money and offer to build the church a new parking lot on the east side in place of the greenbelt with the agreement that the city gets use of the land for 99 years and the city in turn gets to designate a section of the parking lot as a “Park n Ride”. The city reasoned that the reason only six people were using the current facility was that it was too far from the freeway.

The residents of my neighborhood fought this tooth and nail and lost. The $440,000 in taxpayer money was spent on the parking lot and the same six people who used the other park n’ ride came over to use this one. The church people continued to park in the street so they would not have to walk as far as they would if they used the east lot. The parking lot sits literally vacant 90% of the time and this represents not only a good use of taxpayer money but also an effort to cleanup the environment. They have a term for that…”bullshit!”

Our elected representatives in Washington are operating in the “null” across the board. They are numb to the value of a dollar yet drunk with the power to spend it by the billions. As a country, we are on the rails to disaster like a freight train smokin’ into the gates of hell. It is time we changed their thinking and changed their occupations in the process. It is high time we reviewed that entire process in terms of what it pays, the benefits, the retirement, etc., etc., and it is well within our rights as taxpayers to do so for this is our country, it is our money, and damn it, they work for us. They just don’t believe it.

At this point, I want to quote a Clint Eastwood character, Josey Wales, who said, “Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean, I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live or win. That’s just the way it is.” That’s where we are as citizens and taxpayers today. If we don’t hurry up and get plumb, mad-dog mean, there won’t be much time for us to either live or win. God Bless America!

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rkhyclak 6 years ago from Ohio

Wayne, this hub is fantastic. The amount of money, time and resources our government wastes is unfathomable. I'm down with getting plumb mad-dog mean :)


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@rkhyclak...Thank you, Bekka. What a shame it has come to this only to have Nancy Pelosi tell us that paying unemployment stimulates the economy....that must be the secret to getting elected in San Francisco...utter stupidity! WB


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

Wayne watching the news this morning, it was just stated that for every (so called job created by the white house stimulus) it cost taxpayers over 700,000 dollars! Wow give me that money and I believe I can start a business that would employee at least 5 to 10 people! What does this say? It says' We the PEOPLE can do better than government with blindfolds on! Great Write as usual!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

AR...I would have included something like that in the comparison if I could have found an accurate number on the jobs that were created in the private sector, if any! Washington is thumbing its nose at the American taxpayer and the only ones not bothered by it are too dim to get it! These people work for us and they are spitting in our face while they bury us in debt. How dare Nancy Pelosi to suggest that continuing to make unemployment claim pay outs is a great way to stimulate the economy. That's like us trying to tell a business not to lay off three workers who have nothing to do. Sure, keep 'em around it will be great for business! The liberal side of the aisle cares about only two things right now...buying votes and painting the conservative side to look like the bad guys. Unfortunately, our Washington conservatives can't find their ass with both hands and sometime are not sure which side of the aisle they sit on. It's not that the Democrats are smart, it's just they look smart when the Republicans shoot themselves in the foot as they are oft prone to do. We only have two ways out of this mess...vote 'em out or revolt. I think they all need to dust off their resumes and pack their bags. We need a new set of thieves in town. At least then we will have a few years before they learn all the ropes of how to steal from the taxpayers. Thanks for the comments! WB


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Wayne,

You are spot on. With the growth of the Federal Government comes a great price. Our lost liberty is the price we pay for a runaway Federal Government!!!!!!!!


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Tom Whitworth....Thanks Tom. This is a maddening time for all of us that get it. Sometimes I wish I was among the ranks of those who did not...life would be easier! WB


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Wayne, Getting plumb mad-dog mean sounds like about the only thing that might work against a government that forgot they were elected to serve the people, not own them.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Pamela99...about all we have left are our votes and our guns. You can guess which one they want from you next! WB


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Winsome 6 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Hey Wayne, I really want to read more of you but the little "ding" goes off on my Blackberry every 20 minutes with another WB hub. =:) I can't keep up with you but I do admire your spirit and ability tremendously. I got the following from the SBA.

How important are small businesses to the U.S. economy?

Small firms:

• Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.

• Employ just over half of all private sector employees.

• Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll.

• Have generated 64 percent of net new jobs over the past 15 years.

• Create more than half of the nonfarm private gross domestic product (GDP).

• Hire 40 percent of high tech workers (such as scientists, engineers, and computer programmers).

• Are 52 percent home-based and 2 percent franchises.

• Made up 97.3 percent of all identified exporters and produced 30.2 percent of the known export value in FY 2007.

• Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms; these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.

Wayne there are 30 million small businesses in the country (myself included) and we create most of the jobs and most of the GDP in spite of government interference and taxing. If you want a great story from history, read 1 Samuel 8:5-22

My best regards. Winsome


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Winsome...great factual support for an a rant...go for it. Thanks for your encouragement. I understand your frustrations. I can't hardly do all this writing and read at the same time. I am really lucky to have a great fanbase including yourself who reads my mental poison as some on the liberal side would label it! WB


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD

Josey Wales was exactly right.

Great Hub---connecting the insane economic policies that continually embrace deficit spending to Josey was a stroke of genius.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@Ken R Abell...Eastwood is favorite and Josey Wales is one of my all time favorites.."We whumped de' good didn't we, Josey?" That was a great movie. We need us a Josey Wales in Washington! Thanks for stopping by Ken! WB


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Fabulous, smart hub that tells it like it is and is rational and filled with common sense. Now that's something in short supply theses days. Thumbs up!


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Good hub and sensible, the reference to 1 Samuel 8:5-22 is also a great example of folks getting what they cried out for. Over the last 50 years this country has been in freefall and now as it hits the ground shits gonna get fugly before it gets any better. I quietly sit and ponder the revolt that is coming and I feel it's not gonna end very well for many. Bring it! Is all I have to add, 50


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50Cal....Dusty, you remind me of that line out the movie "Shooter" where the sniper askes the bad guy where he wants to meet for the exchange and the reply is "some place I can see you comin' from a long f****ing way off! You may be in that spot right now! WB


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

"Funny thing, killing a man, you take away all he's got and all he'll ever have" Clint.


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@50Cal...Yep Dusty, that's a fine quote...used it not long ago. Right out of "Unforgiven". There's another I like from that movie that Gene Hackman delivered "You'd be William Muny, killer of women and children..."


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garynew 6 years ago from Dallas, TX and Sampran, Thailand

5 billion a day in extra debt...deficits spiraling ever higher...is this what is meant by "progressive"...apparently...


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Wayne Brown 6 years ago from Texas Author

@garynew...It's insane and I'm mad. All America should be mad. We are steadily being robbed of what little we had or possibly ever will have by this poser to the throne. WB


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

There's another I like from that movie that Gene Hackman delivered "You'd be William Muny, killer of women and children..."

Didn't care for that one cuz all the times I stood accused of the same thing, it stuck in my mind for that reason. I saw few incidents like that unless they came from above our distant arty shells.

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