budget (Photo credit: 401K)
Often people compare a government‘s budget to a family budget. It’s sort of an easy, automatic thought. “If I have to live within my means, the government should.”
Yet if you think it through that is just poor thinking. Your family has no or little defense spending. Maybe you’ve got an alarm service, but you don’t need to wage war. If you want to, you can donate to a charity, here or abroad, but if you don’t what are the repercussions? Zip. Don’t compare your kids’ piano lessons or science fair project expenses to the NEA or scientific research. How many employees does the average family have? The government has a lot more budget items. Period. End of story.
Your number and type of dependents differs immensely. The average family has something like 2.2 children. Not millions and you choose that number pretty much. The government can’t choose how many poor people there will be in the same way.
Our government does pay its bills, just like most families pay their’s. Actually, it’s probably a lot better at doing so.
Also, so many people conveniently forget that credit card debt isn’t the only debt a family has. Factor in the mortgage and car payments and most families, respectable, hard-working, All-Americans have a lot of debt. And they get a break on their taxes for some of that debt. Who subsidizes the government for getting in debt as a form of behavior reinforcement?
So can we just stop using this poor analogy? Probably not. It’s quite ingrained and handy for those who don’t like to think anew.
Here are some articles that address this very issue:
Yesterday’s drain smells are back. Ugh.
I don’t notice it in the bedroom or living room. How do people stand this?
I think it’s a larger issue requiring a plumber someone to come with a big machine to clean out everyone’s pipes.
Today, my great achievement was conquering the smells emanating from my apartment’s drains. In China they don’t use traps in the pipes to keep foul smells out of your home. I can close one sink’s drain, but the others are open permanently.
I looked online and found a few ideas involving baking soda and bleach or Drano. Another suggested vinegar, but then the apartment would smell like vinegar, which is not my favorite aroma. In the end I got Mr. Muscle, a brand that has a wide array of cleaning products. It actually worked. Much like Drano, you pour it down the pipes and after awhile, you’re supposed to pour some boiling water down the pipes.
I used the whole bottle down the three drains. I also got some air freshener and incense. I’ve covered every base and the stink is gone.
I do wonder why drains are better here. It doesn’t seem complicated. Would it really be that expensive?
Not your typical flower girl, is she? Karen of Outnumbered.
Regarding the “Ulika” reference, this was on YouTube as a comment:
Ulrika Jonsson has had quite a lot of relationships and is seen as a bit of a slag…so by seemingly comparing Julie to Ulrika, Pete & Sue were calling her a slag.
Icon #2 (maybe just for Chicagoans and those familiar with chocolate)
Icon #3, Marilyn Monroe
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Welcome to Tea World
Despite the chill in the air three of us, wandered around the vast tea market of Jinan. I still can’t get over how expansive it is.
Wheels of Tea for Sale
I’m not sure if they’re actually called wheels of tea, but you get the idea. These tea cakes or wheels used to be used as currency in old times.
Tea in Bulk