Sunday, March 1, 2009

Wrapping Your Mind Around Something Enormous

Imagine a guy—let's call him John. John's a lucky guy. He's a very lucky guy. Imagine that John won $1 million in a lottery. Got it in your mind? John won $1 million in the lottery.

But wait, let's imagine that John is even luckier. John wins $1 million in the lottery every day. That's right. No day goes by in which John doesn't win $1 million in the lottery. Can you imagine?! John's really lucky, and John's really wealthy.

Let's further imagine that John has absolutely no expenses. His housing is provided. His food is provided. His clothing is provided. Everything is provided for John. He spends no money on anything. So, John's NET income is $1 million every day.

Because he doesn't have to spend his winnings, John puts his $1 million in an enormous vault in his home. Each and every day, John puts another $1 million into his vault.

Now, imagine that John was born in the year 0 BC. Although Jesus very well may not have actually been born that year, let's pretend that our imaginary John actually was born that year and has lived all of that time—through the glory and fall of Rome, the barbarians, the Moslem invasions, Charlemagne, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the discovery of the New World, the American Revolution, the World Wars, all of it—and he's depositing into his vault $1 million every day.

Finally, imagine that we called upon John in 2008 to fund the recently passed economic stimulus plan.

Guess what? John doesn't have enough money.


volfan007 said...


I cant wrap my mind around this. Just how far down will Obama take us?


Bart Barber said...


The saddest part of the whole thing: A Republican president started it.

Anonymous said...

Hey Bart,
Which Republican president??? Started what???You sure??? This mess is a liberal agenda coming to fruition...All this gotta go "GREEN" is gonna cost us GREEN! I can't believe that the majority of Americans have bought into this deceptive agenda.

Bart Barber said...


The answer is...(it pains me to say it)...George W. Bush. Were you not paying attention when he started this whole bailout/nationalization business last Summer?

Anonymous said...

If you're talking about the absolute foolishness of Bush agreeing (with all the idiots masquerading as economic experts)to the bailout...I agree with you, as it happened under his watch, he started this "financial craziness". Yet, the truth is that nobody "up there"(Washington)was willing to address the chaotic, illegal, accounting mess of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae.
Here is where it all got started...years before, under Clinton's watch, Congress forced banks to give loans to people who couldn't otherwise get a mortgage were it not for the "entitlement agenda" of the liberals among us...(Who I might add are not as numerous as the media would like for us to think...)You'll see this fact come to fruition within the next 4-5 weeks as the financial market continues to implode. Many who voted for Obama will publicly regret doing so...(With the exception of those who will have had their mortgage rates, and thus, their monthly mortgage payments reduced a $150.00 or so. These folks will think that Barack Obama is the greatest thing since "sliced bread") It really blows my mind Bart that our fellow Americans care not that other Americans are helping to pay their personal debts.
Thanks for letting me vent. I really enjoy reading your blog!

Anonymous said...

The only problem, Bart, is there never was nor could there ever be a "0 B.C." nor a "0 A.D." Both start at 1.

P.S. Okay, maybe I am being a little TOO picky!

Anonymous said...

first of all, god/jesus is a farce

second, conservative thought over the past 30 years put us in this bad situation

third, why do conservatives ONLY focus on money, money, money and taxes, taxes, taxes. if your religion supposedly teaches to not worry about all things material and monetary, why is it all you focus on???