Monday, August 1st, 2011

A Completely Sane Visual Guide To The Debt Ceiling Crisis

Jon Methven is the author of This Is Your Captain Speaking, due out in 2012 by Simon & Schuster. He can be reached here, or follow him on Twitter @jonmethven.

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You forgot to include Bourbon distilleries in your not affected chart.

Mr. B (#10,093)

You say "wookie fetish" like it's a bad thing.

@Mr. B Is that different from "Wookiee fetish," which is how it's supposed to be spelled?

Also: "Potsie"

Mr. B (#10,093)


theharpoon (#10,705)

Wait, all we have to do to get rid of Groupon is not raise the debt ceiling? We were so close!

melis (#1,854)

Did you really need to censor the word 'fucked'?

KK@twitter (#20,512)

I know its a joke, but I admit that it bothers me a little that NASA is visible enough to be made fun of in this way but not visible enough for most people to actually know what it does. NASA is less than 1% of the budget and it does some really awesome stuff.

@KK@twitter Where was NASA when my pool needed cleaning? Space or some shit, that's where.

This debt ceiling/crisis business also made me a bit hysterical at first. Every time I tried to read about it, I become overwhelmed and need to take a snack break. We can’t believe the mainstream media, since they are owned by major corporations that have a vested interest in what the tv says to us. After I started thinking a bit more rationally, I realized the US was never going to default. I was quite pleased when I found a website (Mother Jones) that broke it down for me in a way I could understand; they had a great “basics” section at the top and more information at the bottom with updates all day. This helped me understand the general situation a bit more clearly, which allowed me to form my own opinions on what was going on in the media. Once I started thinking about it and reading other people’s theories, it made a lot of sense. I’m going to quote someone from tumblr (squee-gee) because what they said helped turn the lightbulb on in my head: The more you think about cash advance, the sillier it gets. $100,000 is more money than I can imagine; trillions and trillions of dollars are more numbers on a page than actual amounts. Then all the questions start.

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