$7,000,000,000,000 really is a lot of money

Governments at all levels in the US spend about $7,000,000,000,000 a year, an amount about equal to the total incomes of US households in 2007. Unbelievable.

There’s a lot of skim to scam in all those trillions. First, you have to figure out how to get on the gravy train, and then you have to figure out how never to get off — and feel good about yourself while committing larceny. One way is first get elected and then glom onto some feel-good nonsense like global warming. Hey, that should be good for $100 million or more. Or billions if you’re a university. And then there’s the collusion to avoid the collision, if you choose the corporate ladder. If you’re a $160,000,000,000 revenue media company company that’s regulated by the government, what’s a few bucks to keep things running smoothly? (What kind of employees do they attract by the way?) Or a church for that matter in the same situation? Talk about a deal with the devil. Final point in collusion-collision: it’d be a shame if something were to happen to that nice $40,000,000,000 tax exempt foundation of yours. So play ball! Yes sir. Yes ma’am.

Let’s try a thought experiment: suppose you propose to shrink regulations, put limits on revolving door lobbying, freeze government employment, defund the CAGW scam, limit judicial activism, and so forth; just what kind of reaction would you get from the powers that be? Mencken was right.

Update: as we were just saying

Final tiny humor: what’s the big deal? Doesn’t the Constitution spell out the remunerated powers of the government?

One Response to “$7,000,000,000,000 really is a lot of money”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    re Governments at all levels in the US spend about $7,000,000,000,000 a year, an amount about equal to the total incomes of US households in 2007.

    Yes. That is a mind boggling statistic.

    As for the thought experiment, sadly that is all it ever will be.

    It is all very discouraging and is cause for despair.

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