Pile of dizzying noxious numbers

The first noxious number left me so dizzy I thought the second was the result of blurry vision. Both of these numbers, however, are real and stomach-churning — albeit one serious and the other a laugh-out-loud joke.

$20 billion

The cost to taxpayers to cover the annual amount in subsidies for executive compensation.

According to the Institute for Policy Studies, the sum is a variety of tax and accounting loopholes. That $20 billion for America’s most powerful is more than double what the federal government spent last year on educating America’s most vulnerable — children with disabilities.

$6.3 million

The annual amount the Timberwolves will pay Brian Cardinal, an unathletic white-boy who has made 19 shots in 35 games this season.


The eight-year veteran — with 29 career starts —  must have corralled the contract with the Grizzlies and Warriors, where he averaged career highs of about nine points and four rebounds from 2003 to 2005.

I’m fully aware that Cardinal was brought to the Wolves to have him rot on the bench and free up salary cap space later, but how this stiff conned his fat contract in the first place simply shocks me.



2 responses to “Pile of dizzying noxious numbers

  1. Yes, finally found the gonzo think tank again (lost the bookmark somewhere along the line)…Be on the lookout for a new post on theotheramericas.blogspot in the near future

  2. oh, and 6.3 thousand thousand dollars for Cardinal, well… too much, too much, you took to much man

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