Video: What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

posted at 1:35 pm on February 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Either I’m going to spend all day thinking of the Klondike Bar jingle (“What would you do-oo-ooo for a Klondike bar?”) or humming the Barenaked Ladies’ “If I Had A Million Dollars.” You know, you could get to $3.73 trillion just by singing that song just, oh … three million, seven hundred and thirty thousand times. How’s that for perspective, Rep. Patrick McHenry?

The North Carolina Republican walks through what we could buy for the price of Barack Obama’s proposed budget.  You could also buy four Departments of Defense (without existing equipment), six Social Security outlays, and so on.  Taking 25% of the nation’s GDP for the use of the federal government means we’ll have fewer choices of products and services to purchase, of course, but why worry about that?  Just keep singing and dreaming.  It’s what some Beltway politicians and most bureaucrats do for a living.


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I could buy one hell of an 8-track tape hifi system for my bunker.

Bishop on February 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

It seems that we buy a $1,650,000,000,000 deficit.

Amendment X on February 18, 2011 at 1:38 PM

Unfortunately, it doesn’t buy common sense…something seriously lacking in our White House…

right2bright on February 18, 2011 at 1:40 PM

You could buy the countries – Germany, France, UK, or Canada

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

Chump change. I spend that on Twinkies each week…oh, no, wait. That would be Twinkie factories about 7000 times over.

Nevermind.

Robert17 on February 18, 2011 at 1:44 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?
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Forever Slavery of the American Voter!

Or,

4-Ever Liberal Voters!!!!

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

By spending that much, we could have de facto Chinese control of U.S. economic policy.

Cicero43 on February 18, 2011 at 1:46 PM

How long will it take for Quadrillion to enter the lexis?

Firmworm on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

You could build high speed rail, so the “President” could send union thugs all over the country to protest.

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?
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A half completed American Death Star,with a fully Operational Laser Cannon!!(snark).

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Should be the Bernanke Ladies “If I had a trillion dollars.”

Patrick S on February 18, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Trick question.

Is it before or after Tiny Tim started printing them?

Sir Napsalot on February 18, 2011 at 1:50 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?
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A half completed American Death Star,with a fully Operational Laser Cannon!!(snark).

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads! Now evidently my cycloptic colleague informs me that that cannot be done. Ah, would you remind me what I pay you people for, honestly? Throw me a bone here!

fossten on February 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I have NO doubt that Obummer is trying to destroy this country intentionally.If this were not true he would accidentally do something good for the country.Which we know he has not.

jsunrise on February 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

You could buy the countries – Germany, France, UK, or Canada

faraway on February 18, 2011 at 1:42 PM

That still would be wastage of money.

antisocial on February 18, 2011 at 2:00 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

American Servitude.

Kini on February 18, 2011 at 2:01 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

Chinese lessons.

John Deaux on February 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Chinese lessons Reeducation Camps.

John Deaux on February 18, 2011 at 2:05 PM

Kini on February 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Yankees worth more than $1 billion?!?

Seriously?

Rev Snow on February 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

How could you not vote for a Rep named Patrick McHenry.

fossten on February 18, 2011 at 2:18 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

And that’s only about a quarter of the federal debt.

UltimateBob on February 18, 2011 at 2:27 PM

We could send Barry to Uranus thirteen-hundred-ninty-seven times.
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RalphyBoy on February 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

23,715 F-22s with fuel and full weapon load out (no pilot)
63,738 Gulfstream G650s
3,390,000 Pagini Huayras
1,491,474,400 Heckler & Kock HK416 with $200 worth of ammo.
Hand out $5,000,000 to 745,737 of your closest friends.

Sounds like we could have a pretty good time with that kind of money. So, who’s going to pay up? In case you didn’t know, “someone else”.

Geministorm on February 18, 2011 at 2:39 PM

How long will it take for Quadrillion to enter the lexis?

Firmworm on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Lets see… if you talk about the total budget for a ten year period, it would come out to around 3 quadrillion pennies.

Count to 10 on February 18, 2011 at 2:40 PM

Yankees worth more than $1 billion?!?

Seriously?

Rev Snow on February 18, 2011 at 2:08 PM

Maybe that’s just the sum of all their yearly salaries.

Count to 10 on February 18, 2011 at 2:42 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

A whole lot of slurpees

Laura in Maryland on February 18, 2011 at 2:46 PM

But but but bu.. social justice!

Thune on February 18, 2011 at 2:48 PM

But how many votes can it buy?

ButterflyDragon on February 18, 2011 at 2:49 PM

We could send Barry to Uranus thirteen-hundred-ninty-seven times.

RalphyBoy on February 18, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Good thing he repealed DADT ;D

Laura in Maryland on February 18, 2011 at 2:52 PM

One thing that is not said in the video, or this post, is where did the 3.73 tr number come from?

What does it represent?

Thune on February 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM
You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin’ laser beams attached to their heads!

fossten on February 18, 2011 at 1:59 PM

fossten:LMAO!:)

canopfor on February 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

Communism… after pausing briefly in Socialism, with maybe a brief dabble of civil unrest sprinkled here and there.

Danny on February 18, 2011 at 3:40 PM

One thing that is not said in the video, or this post, is where did the 3.73 tr number come from?

What does it represent?

Thune on February 18, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Obama’s budgt proposal for FY2012.

malclave on February 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

What does $3.73 trillion buy, anyway?

A really kick-ass computer for online gaming.

At least, until the next generation of video cards come out, then it’s just another box good for nothing but reading blogs.

malclave on February 18, 2011 at 3:46 PM

Either I’m going to spend all day thinking of the Klondike Bar jingle (“What would you do-oo-ooo for a Klondike bar?”) or humming the Barenaked Ladies’ “If I Had A Million Dollars.” You know, you could get to $3.73 trillion just by singing that song just, oh … three million, seven hundred and thirty thousand times.

How many times would you have to sing “If I Were a Rich Man”?

bgoldman on February 18, 2011 at 4:29 PM