So, I did the math. If there are 306,000,000 of us in this country and the government is spending $800,000,000,000 on “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009,” that works out to $2,600 per person, or about $15,000 and change for my family of six. That’s a whole lot of money.
Did the government have this money sitting around somewhere in a piggy bank or an offshore account? Or is that sort of an IOU and we’ll end up coughing up the cash one way or another? My family already pays an extraordinary amount of taxes (we never get a refund back, ever and until recently, we paid quarterly taxes–nothing will make you feel the pain of taxes like writing out a large check to the government four times a year). The idea of spending $800,000,000,000 kind of freaks me out. And I mean that in a completely non-partisan way, of course. I would be freaked out no matter who decided to spend that kind of cash.
(I just had to look it up again. Surely it can’t be Billion with a B, right? Oh, but it is.)
I have voted since I was 18 and paid taxes my whole adult life. I’ve never really felt well-represented by my representatives, though, since it seems like they will do whatever they want just because they can.
I am alarmed at this gigantic, basically unread Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. I am alarmed by the free-fall of the stock market.
But what can a stay-at-home mom do about all that? Nothing, really, but sweep the floor and cook dinner and wonder if a more thorough search under the couch cushions might net me $800,000,000,000. (Yeah, that’s about as likely as the government actually having an $800,000,000,000 reserve.)
And that is my political post for the year. (I was just about to rant–the site of Arianna Huffington on Jay Leno makes me feel argumentative, but I decided against it. You’re welcome.)