Friday, March 27, 2009

Yours, mine, and theirs....

It's been a few years since I bought a truck, and my old Chevy is getting some miles on her. I thought this might be a good time to find a deal on a new one. My wife didn't think it was that good of a time, so we compromised and decided not to get one.

I'm probably better off, anyway. It takes a lot of time and worry trying to find the right options for the right price, and right now I don't have the time to shop. Maybe we can work out a better compromise later.

Congress, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have those worries. They just spent a little over $1.4 trillion in a little under a month. The stimulus package alone cost every American family $10,520.00. (That is, of course, if every American family picks up their share of the bill.) The ease with which Congress spends that money may have something to do with an old adage I heard awhile back.

It goes something like this:

If a person spends their own money on themselves, they are careful about how much they spend, and what they spend it on.

If a person spends their own money on someone else, they are careful about how much they spend, but not so careful about what they spend it on.

If a person spends someone else's money on themselves, they are careful about what they spend it on, but not so careful about how much they spend.

But, if a person spends someone else's money on someone else, they really don't care how much they spend, or what they spend it on.

When you look at the amount of money a member of Congress spends, and some of the things they spend it on, it doesn't take long to figure out which category they're in.

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