We do it every year, so why stop now? In the Bailout bill that passed the Senate last night, once again they raised the cap on the national debt. The actual wording from Section 122 on page 68 reads:

Subsection (b) of section 3101 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking out the dollar limitation contained in such subsection and inserting $11,315,000,000,000.

How convenient. They don’t bother rewriting the legislation, they just amend the old and insert a new number each year. 11.3 TRILLION DOLLARS! Why not once and for all just insert Unlimited? That way we can stop lying to ourselves pretending that there is a restraint, a cap, a ceiling, a hard stop, some number that is just so big they won’t insert it. Because there’s not. No number is too big.

Once we get that out of the way, I propose the Bazillion American Dollars act or BAD. We just pass BAD and all of our problems go away. The Treasury just prints ONE BAZILLION DOLLARS and presto, Social Security is solvent, Medicare, Medicaid, Prescription Drugs – all paid for in advance. Now that’s forward thinking! But why stop there? Why not spread BAD to everyone? Free health care for all, free college, free food for the hungry or even the not so hungry, and while were at it, let’s just pay off everyone’s mortgage – crisis solved!

We could all use a little BAD.

Let’s just get it over with because that’s what we’re really doing, a little at a time.

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