This week’s numbers: $1.8 million; $560,000; $1.5 billion; $1.1 billion; $1 billion
$1.8 million… is a self-made number. That’s how much government aid has been given to Gilchrist Metal, a company highlighted in Romney ads as an independent success. The owner says he was just reclaiming his own tax money, which the government must have socked away in a special Gilchrist-only fund.
$560,000… is a patronized number. That’s how much Brian Maloney, another small business owner who criticized Obama’s comments, received from a federal contract on top of a preferential loan. Nearing retirement, Maloney is also deeply concerned about keeping the government’s hands off his Medicare.
$1.5 billion… is a chilling number. That’s how much taxpayer money went to support the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. If Romney has to distance himself from that like he did with Bain and his governorship, all he’ll have left to brag about are his five World’s Greatest Dad mugs.
$1.1 billion… is a devious number. That’s the size of Obama’s proposed 2013 budget for the Small Business Administration. This is all part of his secret plan to destroy the private sector by bribing the ownership class to convert to socialism and overthrow itself.
$1 billion… is a capitalizing number. That’s how much additional funding President Obama wants to give Small Business Investment Companies. Next he’ll be handing out free bootstraps instead of letting people pull themselves up by the ones they inherited from their dad, the governor of Michigan.
Tim Price is Deputy Editor of Next New Deal. Follow him on Twitter @txprice.