Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Word to Congress

I have a proposal for the debt-limit crisis that ought to please both President Obama and everyone in Congress (except, of course, that crazy tea-party rabble). I propose: Rather than haggling over some incremental increase of a mere few hundred-billion dollars, why don't we just increase the Congressionally authorized national debt limit to one bazillion dollars?

As I see it, the figure of "one bazillion" has two great advantages:
  1. Lawyers can endlessly quibble over the legal definition of the word "bazillion", and
  2. The Obama Administration can spend virtually without limits between now and election day.

You see, regardless of whether a bazillion ends up being defined (decided in the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote) as what comes after a centillion (10306) or a centillion-centillion (10606), given that the best estimate for the number of atoms in the universe is a mere 1080, it's a pretty safe bet that there aren't enough clunkers for the government to buy or enough banks & auto manufacturers to bail out for Obama to spend a bazillion dollars between now and the next election.

Of course, if the Democrats win control of both Houses and the Presidency in 2012, then all bets are off for 2016. But that's not an issue for now.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

What I Learned from a Four-Year-Old

Today our granddaughter sang us a song:
The E-I-E-I-O ---
Yes, that's the book for me.
I stand alone on the Word of God,
The E-I-E-I-O.

And then she had this conversation with her mom:

Mommy: So Abby, what have you written here?

Abby: That's Rapunzel.

Mommy: So B-F-O-A-B-Y-R-S-G-I-D-A spells Rapunzel?

Abby: It's in Spanish.