Bigger Than Jesus

By Jesse Taylor
Thursday, February 5, 2009 0:38 EDT
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Apparently, the new Republican line on the stimulus is this:

To give the proposed economic stimulus plan some perspective, “if you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you still wouldn’t have spent $1 trillion.”

Now, there’s a bit about this that renders it disingenuous…which is the whole thing. The American economy is massive – $14.28 trillion, in fact. If you started the day Jesus Christ was born and spent $1 million every day since then, you wouldn’t reach the size of the American economy by the year 10,000. Or 20,000. This is why we don’t measure the size of our economy in Jesus Money, despite the declaration of such in the RNC platform.

To put this in further context – over the course of Jesus’ life, at $1 million a day, and presuming his death at the age of 33 (including leap years), the value of Jesus’ life would have been $12.053 billion.

Microsoft’s yearly revenue last year was $60 billion, meaning they earned five Jesuses in a year.

Circuit City’s yearly revenue in 2006 was $10.4 billion, meaning even a failed company was, less than three years ago, earning nearly a full Jesus.

Wal-Mart, the world’s largest everything, earned $404 billion last year, meaning that they earned a whopping thirty-three and a third Jesuses in a single year.

The American economy, incidentally, is nearly 1200 Jesuses strong, which is nearly the size of Chatom, AL…all full of Jesuses.

This teaches us two things: the first is that the American economy is massive, and any effort to stimulate it will require a suitably large amount of money. The second part is that it’s really stupid to measure things by the yardstick of Jesus earning a million dollars a day.

Also, nobody has any idea how many days of Jesus it would take to keep Pajamas Media afloat, but it’s probably more than you’d think.

Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor
Jesse Taylor is an attorney and blogger from the great state of Ohio. He founded Pandagon in July, 2002, and has also served on the campaign and in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. He focuses on politics, race, law and pop culture, as well as the odd personal digression when the mood strikes.
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