There are times when I'd like to share something with you but my Voice in the Garden site does not seem the appropriate place, thus, this blog.

There are experiences, thoughts, views... and for anyone lurking/waiting to pounce (as has occurred on several occasions), please do not attempt to turn what I post into a political statement. This is NOT a political site, but IS about occurrences, reality, and personal opinion concerning what I see in the world around me and my family. There are many excellent writers whose works "speak" to me, and I shall include some of them. At times it may be
something I think you would enjoy or simply whatever ails you (me).

Monday, June 25, 2012

US Debt Visualized in $100 Bills

From a $100 U.S. Dollar Bill, go here to see the full graphic progression from

One Hundred Dollars $100 - Most counterfeited money denomination in the world. Keeps the world moving.

One Trillion Dollars $1,000,000,000,000
The 2011 US federal deficit was $1.412 Trillion - 41% more than you see here.

If you spent $1 million a day since Jesus was born, you would have not spent $1 trillion by now... but ~$700 billion- same amount the banks got during bailout.

$16.394 Trillion - 2012 US Debt Ceiling

The US debt ceiling limit D-Day is estimated for September 14, 2012. US Debt has now surpassed the size of US economy in 2011-- rated @ $15,064 Trillion. Statue of Liberty seems rather worried as United States national debt is soon to pass 20% of the entire world's combined economy (GDP / Gross Domestic Product).

“I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.” - Thomas Jefferson

Saturday, June 9, 2012

C-Span: BLS and "Green" Jobs Report

Witnesses testified on the monthly jobs reports released by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The first panel focused on the methodology of the report's release, in which news organizations and others are allowed to see the monthly jobs report half-an-hour ahead of time in what is known as a "lock-up" session at the Labor Department building. 

A second panel (featured here) also focused on "green" jobs, with Chairman Darrell Issa accusing the Labor Department of inflating the numbers it had reported for that sector of the economy..

The entire C-Span video can be found here: