As part of my Day Job, I subscribe to a number of email newsletters from places like the Public Affairs Council, the US Chamber of Commerce, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship, etc. Sometimes I read what they send me. Usually I just glance at the charts. A couple of weeks ago, this one caught my eye, from the Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC), an arm of the US Chamber:
With the health care debate raging and the war in Iraq raging and old people raging, I found this chart fascinating. We spend nearly a quarter of our budget on Defense and one-fifth each on Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid. Combined, about two trillion dollars, nearly two thirds of our total federal budget. In comparison, TARP seems miniscule, a mere rounding error.
Then I noticed that pale blue area, the "Other Discretionary." Most people might think the person who made the chart spelled it wrong and should have spelled it "Slush Fund." A concerned citizen, I decided to a little investigative journalism of my own worthy of the most popular of cable news networks. What I turned up was the shocking allocation of that $437 billion, which I've detailed in the chart below.
With this shocking breaking news information in hand, I polled a random sample of the American people, including the crazy toothless homeless guy on Market Street, three drunk Norwegians trying to flip over a cable car, and two telemarketers who called me during dinner time. I think the findings from the survey, detailed in the chart below, show what Real Americans think of Obama. And it's not pretty.
It's time to take back our country, Americans. I mean, we all adore Ellen because even though gays should never be allowed to marry, lesbian bondage strip clubs are cool and Ellen is funny usually, so that's OK. Simon is still Simon, but Randy has to go. I don't care how many records he's making with Gladys Knight.