Oh, alright. If nobody else is going to point this out, I can’t resist. Here we have the peerless Ailee Slater thinking out loud about the federal budget.
The number 35 billion is so large it takes a minute to comprehend what it really means. There are 1,000 millions in a billion.
Yes. Yes, there are.
That is akin to 1,000 $1 million stacks of money. And $1 million is a sizable stack of money.
Needless to say, 3,500 stacks of $1 million is an even more sizable amount.
Once again I am in complete agreement. It’s especially needless since this number – the one that we’re taking a minute to comprehend – would amount to 35,000 of these stacks, not 3,500 – but whichever way you look at it, “needless” is the word.
Anyway, after a bit more fun with numbers, we eventually learn:
Just like the years before it, 2006 will be gone in the blink of an eye. Perhaps only then can the nation evaluate whether this year’s federal funds have been wisely spent.
Now, I wasn’t a journalism major, but this may not be the best way, in January 2006, of ending a column that evaluates whether or not this year’s federal funds are being wisely spent. I’m just sayin’.