Waterboarding the U.S. Taxpayer

Waterboarding the U.S. Taxpayer

According to The Washington Examiner’s Byron York, only about 17 percent of the government has been shut down.  Right now, the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are debating the debt ceiling, and though the House is supposed to control the budget, the Senate has its hand on the faucet.

He writes, “One way to measure that is in how much money the government spends. In a conversation Thursday, a Republican member of Congress mentioned that the military pay act, passed by Congress and signed by President Obama at the beginning of the shutdown, is actually a huge percentage of the government’s discretionary spending in any given year. And that is still flowing. So if you took that money, and added it to all the entitlement spending that is unaffected by a shutdown, plus all the areas of spending that are exempted from a shutdown, and added it all together, how much of the federal government’s total spending is still underway even though the government is technically shut down?

“I asked a Republican source on the Senate Budget Committee for an estimate. This was the answer: “Based on estimates drawn from CBO and OMB data, 83 percent of government operations will continue. This figure assumes that the government pays amounts due on appropriations obligated before the shutdown ($512 billion), spends $225 billion on exempted military and civilian personnel, pays entitlement benefits for those found eligible before the shutdown (about $2 trillion), and pays interest costs when due ($237 billion). This is about 83 percent of projected 2014 spending of $3.6 trillion.”

“So the government shutdown, at least as measured by money spent, is really a 17 percent government shutdown. Perhaps that is why the effects of the shutdown, beyond some of the most visible problems, like at the monuments and memorials on the Washington Mall, don’t seem to have the expected intensity. Seventeen percent of federal expenditures is still a huge amount of money, and the shutdown is affecting many people. But many more who are dependent on federal dollars are still receiving their money, either as salary, transfer payment, or in some other form. Viewed that way, it’s no wonder both Republicans and Democrats appear to believe they can last the shutdown out, at least for a couple of weeks until they try to resolve the debt limit crisis due to arrive October 17.


A 17 percent government shut-down of U.S. Federal Spending would come (if my math isn’t too deficient) $57,804,105,335.83.  $57 billion dollars.  That sounds like quite a bit of money saved, until you consider that U.S. federal spending is at $3.5 trillion.  That doesn’t include the national debt – money we owe to other countries, banks and so forth, which is coming close to $17 trillion dollars.  That’s $53,551 per citizen and $148,222 per taxpayer.  The average person making a decent salary would have to work for a year without pay, the salary going to pay off the national debt, in order to bring it down to zero.


Where does all that money go?  Primarily to Medicare/Medicaid ($857 billion) and Social Security ($810 billion – much of that to illegal aliens).  Then there’s the money we’re paying to Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood to take over the Middle East, wipe out the “scourge” of Judaism and Christianity, and create a global caliphate.  The cost of the War on Terror (by sensible accounts, very much a defensive war) checks in at $608 billion, much less than the combined $16 billion in entitlements.  Next comes the cost of Welfare and Unemployment Insurance at $348 billion and $228 billion for federal pensions.  Then there’s the net interest on that debt which is $259 billion (a little more than what we spend on federal pensions).  Total U.S. interest is $2.8 trillion.


If you were in a ten foot tank of water, and the tank was 83 percent full, how much room would there be left for you to breathe?  About two feet or 24 inches.  As you bobbed there helplessly, treading water, you’d probably bump your head on that ceiling.  In fact, your head would be taking up most of that room.  Think of the guys drowning in the sinking Andrea Gail in the film, The Perfect Storm. 


That’s our debt ceiling.  It’s something to be nervous about and Obama and his Communists know it.  When you’re drowning like that, when your head is bumping the ceiling, if the terrorists tell you that if you just give in to their demands and they’ll raise the ceiling, of course the ordinary person is going to say, “Yes!  Yes!  Anything!  Please, just raise the ceiling.”


They control the spigot.  They’re certainly not going to lower the water level.  That’s their leverage.  Their power.  Their control.  They consider that money their own, to use as they deem fit.  Their media cheerleaders are out their decrying the closing of the national parks and monuments, while illegal aliens and welfare cheats, not to mention federal employees in low-work, high-pay jobs rob us blind.  What’s more, Obamacare is about to fill that tank to the ceiling.


Who are the terrorists again, Nancy Pelosi?


Published in: on October 7, 2013 at 12:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

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