The United States federal government should expect a lump of coal this Christmas, as it has been very naughty with the national debt surpassing the $18 trillion mark. The massive U.S. debt is appalling to taxpayers and upstanding citizens in and of itself, but, with the holiday season upon us, we have the opportunity to make it even clearer just how wasteful our government is when it comes to spending its citizens’ money. If you think budgeting for the holidays is difficult, just have a look at a few of the things one could buy with $18 trillion under the tree.
-If you wanted to prepare a really nice Christmas dinner – for each of America’s 110 million taxpayers – you could do so with $18 trillion. We could feast all day and all night, stuffing ourselves with ham, green beans, macaroni and cheese, rolls, carrots and celery, pumpkin pie and coffee, and we would still have over $17 trillion left for the Salvation Army bell ringers. If we wanted to bring joy to the world by feeding every man, woman and child, it would only cost about $4 trillion.
-The iPhone 6 is likely to be one of the most popular Christmas gifts this year. The smartphone starts at $199, meaning America’s 110 million taxpayers could become the proud owners of 818 iPhones…each.
-Home Depot sells Christmas wreaths for $25.98 each. If each of America’s 110 million taxpayers wanted to really get into the holiday spirit, we could hang up some of those wreaths – 692,840,646,651 in total – meaning we would all need to find space for 6.928 wreaths.
While the above comparisons are admittedly somewhat facetious, there is no doubt that the $18 trillion debt owned by our government could have been used for better purposes than… well, for whatever it is that money supposedly went to. A recent government waste report claimed that we have spent millions on trivial things, like making cats run on treadmills and studying the effects of gambling on primates.
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