Satiric radio commentary for the 90s from the man who drained Lake Michigan and filled it with hot chocolate!!!

The Trillion Dollar Misunderstanding

Stan Freberg here. Well, the President handed us a Federal budget of 1.3 trillion. I can't resist playing a few bars from a PBS special I once did: a musical on the Federal budget. [:60 SPOT BREAK]

Freberg here. I called it "The Federal Budget Review, or 'The $600 Billion Misunderstanding'," because that's what our budget was. Now, we have a trillion dollar budget, as the prophet Freberg predicted.

PBS tried to talk me out of my lyric, "One morning we'll wake up and find it's a trillion." "Too unbelievable," they said. Oh, yeah? Listen:

(Stan sings)

Oh, the Federal Budget
The Federal budget
The wonderful, fanciful Federal budget
Oh, how can the people in Washington judge it?
They can't, they can't, they can't!

For the budget that used to be 300 million
Is suddenly hovering at 600 billion
One morning we'll wake up and find it's a trillion
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!
Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

18 years later, Bill Clinton actually gave us the trillion dollar budget. Life imitating art, eh?

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy.

Stan Freberg here.

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