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315,218,264 – US Population

(The population of the US according to the US Population Clock from the US Census Bureau.)

If you are like me, all of the talks about the national deficit, our taxes, spending and spending cuts, the debt ceiling, and our fiscal health as a nation, means so little out of context.

The numbers are enormous and they are incomprehensible to me.

To help make sense of it, and to personalize it, in these series, I will take a look at the numbers that our media and government throw around when discussing our fiscal situation and translate these into what it means for each of us.

I am comparing the big numbers to what it means to every man, woman, and child in the US and to a family of four.

In this volume, I take a look at a hot topic, the Sandy Relief Package. The bill had passed the US Congress. I am not saying this is not important; it is obviously for so many. What I am showing here is how this affects you personally, even if you live in Kansas.

So that storm that you heard so much about, that affected millions of your countrymen, affects more than just those in the northeast.

Put in simple terms, our out of pocket cost for each person in the US is $192, or $768 for a family of four. If asked, I would probably donate $192 to the cause. Would I donate $768? Probably not. But that’s how it works!

How many ‘Sandy’s’ can one family take, how many special interests can one family support, and how much is too much? Just some food for thought as our Congress goes back to the well one more time.

What do you think about this? Did you know this is how much Sandy is costing you? Do you have other examples we need to talk about? Tell me and share with your friends.

315,218,264 – US Population

(The population of the US according to the US Population Clock from the US Census Bureau.)

If you are like me, all of the talks about the national deficit, our taxes, spending and spending cuts, the debt ceiling, and our fiscal health as a nation, means so little out of context.

The numbers are enormous and they are incomprehensible to me.

To help make sense of it, and to personalize it, I will take a look at the numbers that our media and government throw around when discussing our fiscal situation and translate these into what it means for each of us.

Let’s start with our national deficit. In an earlier blog, I talked about what our national budget looked like when thought of as a household budget. The national deficit was one component of that.

Let’s think about that for a minute.

My little family of four has been burdened with $205,297 of debt that we did not ask for. If that were a mortgage, the payments would be about $1100 a month, or $13,200 a year for the next 30 years. I can think of a lot of things my family could do with that $205,297 if we were given the option.

Doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, this is the math. Of course, in our progressive tax system, the more you have, the more you pay, but that is a whole other discussion.

When you walk down the street, I want you to see a number over everybody’s head: $51,349. That is how much of a debt burden has been put on each of us, and we let it happen.

How can we possibly expect every man, woman, and child in the US to come up with and pay off $51,349 when the average household income in this country, pre-tax, is $44,000 a year. Rich nation indeed.

So, when you hear talk about screwing our future generations, this is what it means.

Challenging times. Is it any wonder why we are facing a looming retirement crisis when so many workers do not even have access to workplace savings, and no leadership when it comes to personal and fiscal responsibility?

What do you think about this? Did you know this is much of the national debt is on you? Do you have other examples we need to talk about?

You have probably been hearing a lot about the ‘Fiscal Cliff’, our national deficit, the need to raise taxes and lower spending, the sequestration (whatever that is), and the debt ceiling (again).

Let me try and put this in easy to understand terms for us.

I recently came across an illustration that we can all relate to. Instead of talking in billions, and trillions, this illustration uses the magic of the decimal point and chops off a whole bunch of zeros.

Basically, this is the national budget; zeros removed to make it look like a household budget:

Household Income: $21,700
All Expenses: $38,200
Difference: ($16,500)

Amount to be charged to our credit card: $16,500

Existing credit card balance: $142,710

Amount the family has agreed to reduce their spending next year: $385

When stated like this, it makes much more sense, doesn’t it? Or no sense at all, depending on your stance.

This is what we are dealing with:

• Accumulation of massive debt over many years
• Earning too little to support our lifestyle
• Spending more than we are earning
• No will to change our ways

We need to declare enough! For the love of our country, our friends and family, we cannot continue like this!

We’ve been using the credit card when we should have been using the debit card!

We have been pickpocketed, and our credit card is in the hands of Congress, who, in what can only be described as a drunken binge, have run up a huge balance, Republican, and Democrat alike.

And there is another problem! Just like the borrowing limit on your credit card, we as a nation have a borrowing limit, and we have hit it – many times!

So what would you do? Rational, sane people would say wow; we really got ourselves in a bind didn’t we, we better work at cleaning this up.

Non-rational, not so sane people would instead call up the credit card company and ask for more credit.

In our national case, our credit card company is mostly China and Japan. How many more times will they be willing to take that call?

And Congress is calling on our behalf, asking for an increase to our credit card so they can spend more.

Not sure about you, but no one asked me if this is ok. No one from Congress has checked with me if I am ok with increasing the amount I have to pay for this party, and no one has asked me if I am ok making the payments on our national credit card.

I am not ok with it, and I want my credit card back.

The time has come to take control of our futures, and for us to care more! This is it, people, it’s not too late. But it will be soon.

This course is unsustainable. Never before in modern history has there been such a complex mix of a demographics, an aging population, a shrinking tax base, and such a lack of foresight. History tells us our empire will fail; we are close to crossing the point of no return.

Take action. Take control. Stop outsourcing our futures to 535 people in Washington who crave instant gratification, at all costs. Because, like it or not, we are all in this together, and if we do not take serious measures today, this party will be over – one and done.

What do you think about this? Do you get it? Are you pissed?

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