Video: The National Debt Road Trip

posted at 2:15 pm on July 27, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

King Banaian sends this eye-opening presentation on the speed in which we have added to the national debt over the course of the last century.  It comes from the blog Political Math, which made a big splash when it demonstrated what the Porkulus bill looked like in pennies.  This time, PM casts the rapid increase in deficit spending in terms of speed and distance for a road trip.  How fast would Barack Obama be going compared to those who drove the car before him?

This has more than one lesson within it,  First, we can point out yet again that the deficit hawks on the Left had much more concern over the driver than the speed and distance.  Another clear lesson?  We spend less when one party holds the White House and the other controls Congress, especially the House — although not always, as the Reagan years show.

Mostly, though, the lesson here is that when a callow, self-involved, charismatic fellow invites you for a road trip, don’t let them drive your car. You’ll wind up regretting it (NSFW):

Update: Must be getting around today — The Anchoress had it posted before I did.  And no, I’m not driving to California, but I wish I was …


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Upstater85 on July 27, 2009 at 2:49 PM

Nah, they will just hire all the jobless to throw stones into the pacific to build a causeway.

chemman on July 27, 2009 at 4:34 PM

might as well build a road to china, they own us anyway at this point.

workingforpigs on July 27, 2009 at 4:36 PM

This is doing exactly what Ogabe wants it to do; bankrupt the country and drive us into serfdom. But he means well.

SKYFOX on July 27, 2009 at 6:12 PM

might as well build a road to china, they own us anyway at this point.

workingforpigs on July 27, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Michael Ramirez did a cartoon about this

ConservadorRebelde on July 27, 2009 at 7:05 PM

Sorry, forgot to add the link…

http://www.ibdeditorials.com/CartoonPopUp.aspx?id=332456148669023

ConservadorRebelde on July 27, 2009 at 7:05 PM

This is doing exactly what Ogabe wants it to do; bankrupt the country and drive us into serfdom. But he means well.

SKYFOX on July 27, 2009 at 6:12 PM

And to quote the second clip, afterwards he will say “what can I say you f**ked up, you trusted me.”

highhopes on July 27, 2009 at 7:59 PM

Step on the gas I need free heatlcare. /not

boomer on July 27, 2009 at 8:11 PM

This video was produced by Political Math, the same producer of visualizations on Obama’s Budget Cuts, The Stimulus, and Obama Health Reform and Wait Times. You can watch all of them at his You Tube Channel, 10000Pennies.

Check them out and pass them along.

bartonbulletin on July 27, 2009 at 9:13 PM