Okay children, it’s time for math class

“Now boys and girls, let’s learn how to write five billion. Start with a five and add zeros until you get there. Very good, Sasquatch, 5,000,000,000 is correct.

“Okay then, let’s move on to something more difficult. How about seven trillion? What’s that, Nokomis? Yes, 7,000,000,000,000 is correct. Excellent.

“Now which is the bigger number? How much bigger? No, Alexandria, the number beginning with five is not bigger, even though your friends say it is, and yes Bluto, you can buy over one thousand four hundred times more speedballs (1400x) with the larger number.”

Footnotes: (a) spending the five number is a waste of money, while the 1400x bigger number is often prudent; (b) we estimated government spending at $7 trillion, while others have estimates closer to $8 trillion.

2 Responses to “Okay children, it’s time for math class”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    If they get the money for the fence:

    Assuming I kept all my zeroes in place, the US-Mexican border is about 2000 miles long. With 5 billion, that gives you 2,500,000 for a mile of fence. 2 and a half million dollars a mile.

    Seriously? It’s a friggin’ fence for cryin’ out loud.

    Just what kind of fence can you get for that kind of money?

    One wonders who will get that contract? Somebody(ies) is/are going to get very rich.

    But if the fence would staunch the flow of illegals, even 5 billion would be a bargain.

  2. feeblemind Says:

    Of course the larger point here is that federal spending is out of control.

    Building the fence is not about the money even if it was ten times the cost.

    No one in Washington wants it built. It’s as simple as that.

    One wonders who the little people could vote for that would build the wall?

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