Intentions of the Holy Father for April

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.

That's a LOT

That's how much money the President wants to spend in his budget proposal more than the federal government will be "earning" in tax revenues.  That's right.  That's his proposed additional debt.  And it doesn't appear to count the various emergency appropriations that will be sought midyear for this or that.  After all, one never knows when more rich bankers or unions will need bailing out of their own suicidal greed.

I did some quick math, and that deficit is $5333 per resident in the U.S., give or take.  Since most residents aren't taxpayers (too young, too old, not gainfully employed), it is considerably more per taxpayer.  There were 99,880,223 taxpayers in the US in 2005, which is close enough to now, meaning that the president is asking us each to borrow approximately $16000 more.  Again.

So much for reducing the deficit.  Does this strike anybody else as insane and immoral?  Who will have the courage to tell these lunatics that enough is enough?!

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