Video: “Save money just like Uncle Sam”

posted at 2:05 pm on August 8, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Mary Katharine Ham has made this observation astutely again and again: The “savings” in the debt ceiling deal — meager as they were, even if the Super Committee does what it was designed to do — aren’t savings in the normal sense of the word. That is, they don’t represent “retrenchment.” They’re simply cuts to projected future spending. But she’s never made the point more funnily than in this video. It’s less than 30 seconds, but it packs a punch:

The final, gloating line is by far my favorite, “Take that, pigs.” You can barely hear MK say it, but I totally reveled in it. Of course, she could have simply been referring to the virtual damage she did to little digital pigs with an especially accurate launch of an angry bird — but I think we all know better.


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The truth of “cutting the rate of growth” rather than real “cutting” has to be told more often.

Paul-Cincy on August 8, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Why can’t we just get rid of baseline budgeting?

Or does that make too much sense?

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I loved it when Krauthammer said “think of all the money we just saved by not invading Normandy again!” Classic.

Meric1837 on August 8, 2011 at 2:11 PM

MKH has been phoning it in lately.

meci on August 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

We are sooooo screwed.

search4truth on August 8, 2011 at 2:15 PM

A couple of weeks ago, Krauthammer (on the Fox All-Stars) suggested we could save billions by not invading Normandy again.

BLOC on August 8, 2011 at 2:17 PM

This video can’t be seen in IE9, not even in compatibility mode. I had to use Firefox.

elfman on August 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

If the GOP isn’t stupid……..then WHAT are they doing?

PappyD61 on August 8, 2011 at 2:21 PM

OBAMAGeddon——–2009-2013

Let’s hope!!

PappyD61 on August 8, 2011 at 2:24 PM

I did. I just got the new HP Touchpad, and it was $50 off. So I only spent $550, saving $50!

rbj on August 8, 2011 at 2:30 PM

elfman on August 8, 2011 at 2:20 PM

IE9 here, no problems.

Also, your hearing okay there Tina? XD She says “take that pigs” loud and clear XD

apollyonbob on August 8, 2011 at 2:40 PM

No, No, No! It is saving but never spending. It is INVESTING!

IlikedAUH2O on August 8, 2011 at 2:41 PM

I’ve convinced the Virginia congressional delegation to cancel plans for the US-UK bridge.

Saved $20T right there.

BobMbx on August 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM

It reminds me of a woman who worked with my wife years ago. She would play Bingo and talk about the money she had “won” with successful cards . . . even if she lost more on losing cards than she “won” with the winners.
Nice analogy with the iPad, M-Kat!

tpitman on August 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Why can’t we just get rid of baseline budgeting?

Or does that make too much sense?

Chip on August 8, 2011 at 2:10 PM

I have a better idea. Set the baseline at -10%. We’d balance the budget in just a few years.

zmdavid on August 8, 2011 at 2:50 PM

One day women will learn comedy. Well, maybe.

TheBlueSite on August 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Great Video!

Here is one you may have seen before but with an new ending.

The Rock on August 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

It’s kind of hard to see all the info in the graph in the background but I understood the message all the same.

Fun delivery of the message too which she is always good at or I may just be a sucker for her smile.

Yakko77 on August 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

Great Video!

Here is one you may have seen before but with an new ending.

The Rock on August 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

That is one of the most powerful videos I have ever seen. As a political commercial it would be devastating.

meci on August 8, 2011 at 3:14 PM

One day women will learn comedy. Well, maybe.

TheBlueSite on August 8, 2011 at 2:54 PM

One day, leftists will learn. Mmmmm…. Probably not.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

One day, leftists will learn. Mmmmm…. Probably not.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Govt is the answer to your every problem.

TheBlueSite on August 8, 2011 at 3:20 PM

For decades I have been amazed at how the government and most of the folks seem to believe that if you were planning on spending $XXX dollars next year or the next few years, and decided to spend only $XXX – X dollars, somehow you cut spending.

Remember all those evil Republicans who were cutting Social Security or medicare or something else that Granny needed….but they actually increased benefits because they appropriated just over half of what the Dems demanded?

We don’t need a Timmy Geithner or Obama to tell us that they are being forced by the Tea Party to cut hundreds of billions of dollars.

And we sure as hell do not need so-called “conservatives” telling us that they cut trillions, either.

And people wonder why Standard and Poor’s and pretty soon Moody’s and a host of other outfits who actually know how to do simple math, and can accurately handled a simple accounting ledger, are downgrading our national credit rating.

If our government refuses to follow simple math, pulls it out of their rear ends like Geithner and Obama, is it any wonder why we are in the fix were are in.

It is going to get a lot worse before it even appears to be getting better.

Start paying attention to the markets….and not just the Dow.

coldwarrior on August 8, 2011 at 3:35 PM

but I think we all know better

We do? I don’t! What does it mean?!

Jaibones on August 8, 2011 at 4:02 PM

Here is one you may have seen before but with an new ending.

The Rock on August 8, 2011 at 3:05 PM

Pretty good – needs a different voiceover talent though – someone who can do a spot-on Obama impression.

Midas on August 8, 2011 at 4:52 PM

One day, leftists will learn. Mmmmm…. Probably not.

CurtZHP on August 8, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Not any more than a rock can learn.

At least a rock is simply incapable – leftists are both incapable and unwilling.

Midas on August 8, 2011 at 4:54 PM

I wish she’d close caption her videos. I never know what she’s saying.

Labamigo on August 8, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Oh, MK, now you’re just being raaaacist! Dontcha know Obummer saved capitalism? Also, if he hadn’t made the waters recede, we’d all be snorkeling right now.

Huckabye-Romney on August 8, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Wow. I feel like such a stupe.

I bought a hamburger today. Got the small version, but upgraded it with bacon, but cut the cheese. Now I learn that I actually didn’t save anything.

‘Course, pork belly futures were aided, beef futures weren’t nor were dairy futures. So I screwed the economy along with not saving money.

And I drove a mile each way to get it, and idled in the drive thru lane, so I warmed the globe along with encouraging BarryO to dip into the strategic petroleum reserve again. But I didn’t drive three miles each way to the chicken shack, so I guess I save there. But they had the two piece special for $1.99, whereas the burger cost more.

I’m so confused. Help me, Turbo Timmy, you’re my only hope!

Robert17 on August 8, 2011 at 7:59 PM