We're sitting on two trillion dollars?June 7, 2012 @ 9:03 am (Updated: 9:22 am - 6/7/12 )
It sounded like a great idea:
"Back in 2005, Congress earmarked tax dollars for a futuristic magnetic levitation train across the Mojave desert to Las Vegas," says CBS's Sharyl Attkisson.
A levitation train. Because you want to cross the desert as fast as possible -- especially when it stands between you and the Liberace Museum.
"But a series of technical errors caused so many delays supporters abandoned the project. The $45 billion could sit around forever," says Attkisson.
What? Yes. Because the law says this money can only be spent on levitating trains, even if they never build them! And how about this one:
"$2.7 million tax dollars left over from an earmark for the 1996 Olympics," says Attkisson.
And which by law can only be spent ONLY on the 1996 Olympics, which means they'll being spending it, let's see...NEVER. Oh, correction, as soon as Doc Brown finally fixes his Time Machine.
These are just two examples. And according to Senator Tom Coburn, and he says these numbers are official, all this stuff adds up to $2 trillion unspent dollars being carried over to next year, a third of which isn't earmarked for anything.
So why doesn't he write a bill to spend it on jobs, or pay down the debt? Because he says such a bill would never get to the floor.
"They don't want to fight the political battle of saying, well he gaveth and he taketh away. They don't want that negative press," says Coburn.
What? Finding two trillion dollars would create negative press? Come on, really, why can't Congress get together and fix this?
"The encounter could create a time paradox that would unravel the very fabric of the space, time continuum and destroy the entire universe," warns Doc Brown.
Ok well, that's a good reason.
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