Last night I did my first ever interview on local television, appearing on the Federal News Report on News Channel 8 in Virginia.
Going in, I had my usual talking points in mind on the various health bills pending in Congress, how much they cost, how they are paid for, whether the pay fors will actually work, etc.
But I wasn’t prepared for the best question Beverly Kirk asked me, even though I really should be. That question was very simple: How on earth do you make figures like a trillion dollars tangible to a normal human being? I didn’t have a particularly good answer and would welcome suggestions.
Last week, I was talking with a Senate candidate who asked a very similar question about the size of the deficit, which reached $1.4 trillion in 2009. I had a better answer for that one, noting that the imbalance between federal revenues and spending last year was equivalent to a family earning $40,000 per year but spending more than $65,000.