atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,
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atomic_fungus

#5190: Well, the deficit is OVER, baby!

Just got notification from the US government that our refund for last year's taxes is going towards paying down our taxes due from the prior year, when Mrs. Fungus was unemployed and I was working part-time and we had to take money out of her 401k in order to live. This is not coming as anything like a surprise to either of us, though we sure could have used that money (since we have a payment agreement and have been making payments steadily).

Amount: $101

Mrs. Fungus said something--I have forgotten what--which prompted me to say, "Well, honey, you know, the government needs that money!" Then I brought up CALC and did the math. "At six million dollars a minute--" here, she started laughing "--it'll be...hmm...."

"It's going to be less than a second," she said.

"Honey, I'm trying to figure out how many nanoseconds it is."

She laughed more.

The numbers came up: 1.66667 x 10e-5, or... 17 microseconds. (That's 17,000 nanoseconds, for those of you who don't know how many nanoseconds are in a microsecond.)

That $101 paid for seventeen microseconds of US federal government expenditures. What we owe the feds would pay for much, much less than a millisecond of federal spending.

As I said, the deficit is over, baby! We fixed it! You can thank us later.
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