Feeling Poor? The Deficit

Ben (10 yrs. old) watching the news with us tonight:
“Ah, these people are making me feel so poor! They are talking about 800 billion dollars, then hoping to only spend 400 billion next year, then the lady taking 15 million out of the company [Madoff’s wife] and then the guy [Arizona rancher] is getting sued for 32 million!!”

Us (with some laughter): “Why, how much money do you have?”

Ben (laughing slightly confused): “Six dollars!”

Dad: “But you are doing better than the United States government! The government has a two trillion dollar deficit, and you have a six dollar surplus!”