Monday, February 06, 2006

Seeing Numbers

$27.7 trillion sounds like a very big number.

$2,770,000,000,000.00 looks like a big number.

I've grown so accustomed to the sound of numbers that when I saw all the zeroes in the President's 2006 proposed budget, I had an almost first-time experience of hearing just how much money was being requested.

From the Associated Press:

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush sent Congress a $2.77 trillion budget plan on Monday that would boost spending in the war against terror but squeeze a wide swath of other government programs to deal with exploding budget deficits... among the losers were 141 government programs that Bush sought to sharply reduce or eliminate entirely. Almost one-third of the targeted programs are in education including ones that provide money to support the arts, vocational education, parent resource centers and drug-free schools.

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1 comment:

Stu Savory said...

Ah but did you see the little Zero (Nothing) MAKING the sotu address?

Now THAT was worthless!