In our most recent NO Soundbites Allowed podcast, we addressed the issue of the on-going Government shutdown. One of the biggest issues we hear about the shutdown is what is actually involved. Trying to make sense of trillions of dollars, when the average American makes far less than $100,000 can boggle a mind. This is the answer we have given to help absolutely anyone to grasp what is happening.
First, scale down the issue. Instead of talking about the roughly $4.1 trillion in annual Federal spending, think of it as just $4,100. This makes it a real world number that can be appreciated by anyone who works.
Second is the scenario. Forget about border walls, illegal aliens and the Rights they believe they deserve from a foreign nation. The situation is a car sale.
The simplified Government shutdown
Person X wants to buy a car. They need it to have transportation to and from work (a new and better position) as well as recreation and supporting their family. Person X does not have enough cash to buy the car, but they do have credit and plan to buy the car with a loan.
The Dealer is happy to sell a car they have available. While there are a few models available, Dealer wants to sell a blue car with satellite radio. Dealer gets a percentage for selling the radio subscription service.
Person X wants a red car. They also don’t want to spend the extra money for satellite service. But Person X is willing to negotiate on these points to a certain extent. Person X can only pay $4,095 – the limit of their credit.
Dealer is adamant that the satellite radio must be included in the car purchase. They also insist that the sale can only be done for $4,100 and not a penny less.
Person X is outraged. They know they are getting used. The car is overpriced, and the extra cost of the radio is both unwanted and unneeded – as it drains the income frivolously. But Dealer is the only salesman in the town.
Person X, who cannot pay more, now has to suffer because Dealer refuses to budge. Thus Person X is losing money as they can’t get to work properly. The lifestyle of Person X family is affected as they have less food.
Further, walking everywhere is both dangerous and time consuming – eliminating recreational time and activities. This is resulting in local businesses suffering as well since they have less sales than previously expected.
In this example, Person X is President Trump. Dealer is Congress (specifically Speaker Nancy Pelosi). The family of Person X are US citizens. The business is the US economy. The credit is national spending. Satellite radio represents illegal aliens, with the subscription being the cost of the illegals. The percentage is the potential of illegal alien votes if open borders and path to citizenship are allowed.
This is as about as simplified an example as this can be made into. It should make the situation clear.
But wait… as some have told said, ‘But you can borrow $5. Or sell something to a pawn shop. Or the Dealer would reduce the price. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Absolutely. This IS absurd. It doesn’t matter if you favor Person X or Dealer. The amount, in this example $5 (which represents $5 billion real-world) is too small to be worried about. This holds true if you scale the numbers up to the national level.
In fact, as of this being written, even the most conservative estimate shows that the Government shutdown has cost more money than what is being haggled over. So this is about illegal aliens – or in the example the satellite radio subscription. It’s about being compelled to either stem or bolster the number of people crossing the American border.
So with that said, do you think the Dealer or Person X has the right position?