Letter: Alachua County’s portion of the Omni-“bust” bill is $1.4 billion
December 22, 2022
Americans should be incensed by any new Washington spending. The Omni-“Bust” spending package at issue today tops $1,700,000,000,000. According to the national debt clock, the U.S. is already on the hook for north of $31,000,000,000,000 in debt. That is 31 million millions. So let’s add more.
Put another way, the national debt is $94,275 per person or $248,582 per taxpayer. If one goes to the website www.usdebtclock.org, the numbers look like the spinning wheels of a Vegas slot machine. Problem is, it never comes up all 7’s.
The U.S. Census states that the U.S. Population is 332,403,650 and growing. The new spending bill, therefore, translates to $5,114 per person in new debt. For Alachua County alone, with a population of 278,468, the county-wide impact is $1,424,085,352.
$1,424,085,352 in new debt, just for the residents of Alachua County. That’s “billion.” You have to pause and make sure you have all the digits right on the calculator.
And yes, I like to write the numbers out long hand and not just put in an inconsequential “T” or “B”.
Tim Marden, Newberry
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