Friday, January 7, 2011

Running the Numbers

Via Hot Air, Vanity Fair says that it cost the Congress over a million bucks to read the Constitution because they were in session, but not working:
I took the total FY 2011 costs for House salaries and expenses and House office buildings, then added half the costs of joint House-Senate expenses, the CBO, the Capitol Police and the Capitol power plant. Then I divided that sum by 205, the number of days the House was in session last year, then divided again by 24 (the number of hours in a day) and multiplied by 3 (the estimated length in hours of members reading the Constitution).

Ok, fair enough.

But to make it even fairer, let's look at how much Congress SPENT last year (well over 3 trillion), and run the same process.

I get about $2.27 billion that DIDN'T get spent in those same 3 hours, so I think America got the long end of the stick on this one.

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