The teaparty’s lame attempt to compare the federal budget to an average family’s budget

This is the best response I’ve seen to the rightwing attempt to compare the federal budget / debt to an average family’s budget in the following way:

Federal budget: 

U.S. Tax revenue: $2,170,000,000,000
Federal budget: $3,820,000,000,000
New debt: $ 1,650,000,000,000
National debt: $14,271,000,000,000
Recent budget cut: $ 38,500,000,000

Let’s remove 8 zeros and pretend it’s a household budget:

Annual family income: $21,700
Money the family spent: $38,200
New debt on the credit card: $16,500
Outstanding balance on the credit card: $142,710
Budget cuts: $385

From Laura Clawson at Daily Kos: 

First off, this set of numbers tips its hand by only [talking] about cutting budgets, not increasing income for this fictional family. Which is interesting, because one of the big problems the America-family has is that a bunch of rich relatives are living in the house not doing their fair share to cover expenses. We’ve got an uncle who’s down in the kitchen all the time telling the rest of us to eat nothing but beans and rice because we can’t afford fresh vegetables and meat, and telling us to turn down the heat in the house if we’re having trouble covering the power bill. And no, he’s not going to share his giant steak because it’s his and he bought it with his own money. But meanwhile, we’re paying the electric bill for that space heater he’s always running in his room, because he’s not gonna be cold even if the rest of us are. And we’re paying the gas bill for cooking that steak he didn’t share. So a big part of that spending problem we allegedly have is that some people aren’t acting like we’re a family where everyone contributes to the income side.

[...] We’ve also been having a family debate about whether to put a little more money into the house, actually. See, there was a big storm and a tree fell through the roof. Most of the bedrooms are fine, but two of them are really badly damaged. Some of us think all the members of the family deserve to have mold-free walls and roofs without gaping holes, but others aren’t so sure and think maybe the people in those rooms ought to be on their own to recover from a tree coming through their roofs and crushing their stuff…

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5 thoughts on “The teaparty’s lame attempt to compare the federal budget to an average family’s budget

  1. Pingback: the American family | limelight of the lemons

  2. I honestly think its stupid to compare a whole country’s economy with a household budget… Its like comparing a space shuttle with a minivan.

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