Do your eyes glaze over a bit anytime you see or hear about the money spent by our federal government? Mine do. People who need $78 to pay an electric bill just have trouble grasping what 45 million dollars looks like, or three trillion.
The best way for me to grasp the big numbers is by comparison. I remember when some politicians were complaining about the $40 million price tag for the investigation of Bill Clinton’s activities by the Kenneth Starr team. The critics were letting us know that was a lot of money. Well it was. But then so was the MORE THAN $40 million spent by Clinton on one trip to China than included approximately 1000 total people. You and I both know 40 million is still a large number, but proper perspective helps us act sane on some days.
Here is a recent one than puts me on the sanity/insanity edge. You recall how Americans hounded congress last summer to reject the amnesty bill they had on a roll. They reluctantly behaved themselves by rejecting the bill and did come up with one that included building some fence on the border with Mexico. Some complained about the 2.2 billion dollar price tag. I know, your vision is dimming as your eyes begin to glaze.
Here’s the kicker, the reason I wrote this blog entry. In a U.S. Department of State document dated October 22, 2007 the Bush (Jorge) administration pledged to give Mexico 1.4 billion dollars so Mexico could control illegal traffic on its southern border. Yes that means the southern border of Mexico, not U.S.A.
I did not make this up. The title of the document is “Joint Statement on the Merida Initiative: A New Paradigm for Security Cooperation.” New paradigm? Security? Give me a break; that’s another blog for another day. In case you are still not convinced here is where you can find the document,
That’s all this time amigo; adios.