The Scale Of Money

from the spend-a-few-hours dept

No one I know puts "scale" into perspective better than Randall Munroe at xkcd. If you haven't seen the latest, you should take the time to dive into what may be his largest image ever (and he's known for creating large images) dealing with money. I warn you, though, it may suck up a lot of time as you go through it:
While he's offering a poster of it for sale (along with some of his other "giant" images), I'm not sure even a poster does something like this justice, which is why he's also offering it as a "custom-printed four-poster tile pack. It comes as four individual 36"x24" posters which can be tiled on the wall, for a six-foot-wide mural view of the chart, allowing you to clearly read even the finest details." I may have to put that on my holiday wishlist.
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    Someantimalwareguy (profile), 22 Nov 2011 @ 5:01pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Jack Daniels Explains The Deficit

    Industrial Military complex - Karl Marx turn of phrase...No Dogma needed, much about a person can be learned by the turns of phrase they use
    Hmm, it is interesting that you would equate a term used by President Eisenhower as something related to Marxism. My how far to the right we appear to have strayed...
    37% of the total budget was social welfare... and growing the Obamacare hasn't even started yet.. Source see above post
    Yet we didn't and don't need to borrow to sustain a system that is in the black well through 2025. Are you suggesting the 22+% we spend ( and have to borrow to support) on defense, war, and material is a better use of our tax dollars?
    Proven - Reagan Tax policy worked -
    You must be too young to remember Reagan and his administration. Under Reagan, taxes were actually raised and the deficit literally BLOOMED:
    OK ill go to the Clinton Tax Level if you go back to the Gingrich Spending levels (adjusted it would put us 200 Billion in the black) - Suggested by Alan Greenspan (
    Ah, invocation of Greenspan. After he left office and witnessed how his theories and actions helped lead to the melt-down in 2008, he simply said he was wrong. What a wonderful example of unintended consequences and how badly the Republicans with the Democrat's assistance mucked up the economy. Please do a little deeper research as it will expand your mind and world view...
    I didnt say Flat Tax I said Fair Tax which are very different, 1 is a system like the present, the other (Fair Tax) is a consumption tax, so the billionare that buys a fancy car or plan will pay much higher taxes than a janitor (that is refunded for any purchase necessary for life, food, drugs, and the like). (
    Consumption tax sounds so similar to the European VAT tax. Regardless, a consumption based tax falls disproportionately on those with the least ability to pay said taxes and only works to reduce overall consumption. Well, if people cut back on consumption they buy less goods and services which in turn leads to downsizing because of a significant drop in demand (translation: people start loosing jobs when they get layed off because people are buying less of what they make).

    Try again

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