A billion here, a trillion there… Who can make any sense of this? Well, let’s translate the numbers into a range some of us might be able to relate to. Proportionally speaking, our current federal budget situation is like a family making $50,000 per year but spending $75,000 per year.
Now that we are half-way through the current budget year, the Democrats in this family want to cut the planned spending by $700 down to $74,300, while the extremist Republicans want to cut the spending by $1300 all the way down to $73,700.
Here’s a graph to make it easier to see. The red line shows how much the family currently earns.
Keep in mind, this same family was spending less than $67,000 just two years ago, so taking spending down below $74,000 is unmistakably radical.