Missouri's 7th District, U.S. House of Representatives




Liberty Under God
Washington D.C.'s Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Congress should

Imagine that your next-door neighbor has an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Your neighbor is a shop-aholic. Your neighbor buys things that he doesn't really need. Your neighbor is literally endangering the future financial security of himself and his family.

What advice would you give your neighbor? (If you really cared about your neighbor.)

Your Neighbor Your Government
  Multiply your compulsive spendaholic neighbor by the Number of U.S. Households in 2010:  114,825,428
Amount your neighbor spends each year:
Government Budget, 2010
Your neighbor's annual income:
Your neighbor's annual deficit:
Deficit this year:
Your neighbor's total accumulated debt:
(He currently finances much of the interest payments.)
Total Debt:
Legally-Binding Obligations

Imagine your neighbor entered into a contract to buy the next 50 years of cable TV -- back when cable cost $149/mo for basic. (He's since added on HBO and Showtime on an expensive la carte basis).
Add some other commitments like alimony and child-support for multiple wives and offspring.
He also has some extravagant "investments" in Pork Belly Futures Options Trading or contracts which are going to cost him money no matter what the economy is like in the future.

Total amount he has committed himself to pay before all these contracts expire, which currently exceed his income, for which he has no saved funds, and which currently exceed his future income expectations:

Future Obligations ("unfunded liabilities"):
Politicians have told voters: "You are ENTITLED to this money."

What kind of man would indebt himself to such a degree?

  • Someone with an emotional or mental problem of some kind.

What kind of politicians would spend money like they do in Washington D.C.?

  • Politicians that need to be booted out of office.

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