Friday, September 25, 2009

Cash For Clunkers

A vehicle at 15 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 800 gallons a year of gasoline.

A vehicle at 25 mpg and 12,000 miles per year uses 480 gallons a year.

So, the average "Cash for Clunkers" transaction will reduce US gasoline consumption by 320 gallons per year.

They claim 700,000 vehicles – so that's 224 million gallons / year.

That equates to a bit over 5 million barrels of oil.

5 million barrels of oil is about ¼ of one day's US consumption.

And, 5 million barrels of oil costs about $350 million dollars at $70/bbl.

So, we all contributed to spending $3 billion to save $350 million.

How good a deal was that ???

They'll no doubt do a great job with health care !!

Not original nor my math but I wish it was.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Border Incident

A guy was traveling through Mexico on vacation when, low and behold, he
lost his wallet and all identification. Cutting his trip short, he
attempted to make his way home, but was stopped by the Customs Agent at the
Tijuana border.

'May I see your identification, please?' asked the agent.

'I'm sorry, but I lost my wallet,' replied the guy.

'Sure, buddy, I hear that every day. No ID, no crossing the border,' said
the agent.

'But I can prove that I'm an American!' he exclaimed. 'I have a picture of
President Obama tattooed on one butt cheek and a picture of Vice-President
Biden on the other. '

'This I gotta see,' replied the agent.

With that, the man dropped his pants and bent over in front of the agent.

'By golly, you're right!' exclaimed the agent. 'Go on home to Pittsburgh.'

'Thanks!' he said. 'But how did you know I was from Pennsylvania?'

The agent replied, 'I recognized the picture of Governor Rendell in the

Thanks to Ted for the joke, and click through the link to see from whence the picture hails.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Governement Spending

You know, it seems like these crazy numbers get thrown around these days any time we start talking about government spending.

I think one of the reasons there is not more outrage about the amount of money these yahoos are spending, is that the numbers are just plain hard to comprehend. Heck, they might not even understand how much money that is.

I'm not calling anyone stupid... It's just, when is the last time you saw a trillion of anything? And don't count molecules... they are too small for us to see individually, as a rule.

Its almost impossible to visualize that number... its so big, its almost nonsensical... just like that scene in Austin Powers where Dr. Evil demands a sum of money so huge that all the good guys can do is laugh at him.

Anyhow, I found the following movie helpful in trying to wrap my head around the amount of money being kicked around in Washington: