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Congress Debates Budget With Pics Of Big Macs

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Join #FOWLERNATION!! http://bit.ly/SubscribeFowlerNation Become a Patron! http://Patreon.com/FowlerShow Congress loves to debate pork, even if it has to use pictures of hamburgers to make a point. On Tuesday, two members of Congress got into a detailed discussion over inflation, with Rep. Chris Van Hollen using pictures of hamburgers to argue that inflation estimates are necessary to undercut future budgets. Holding up a chart that showed the average cost of a McDonald's Big Mac in 2004 ($2.71) compared with its cost today ($4.62), Maryland Democrat Van Hollen argued that not adjusting budget numbers for inflation equates to a net cut. "That's not Washington math, it's reality based math!" Van Hollen said in comments first picked up by the Washington Post after a reporter noticed the unusual visual tools on display during a House budget debate being aired on C-SPAN. Van Hollen and Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Woodall were debating the Baseline Reform Act of 2013, which would effectively stop Congress from automatically approving budget increases tied to inflation. So, why did Van Hollen use pictures of hamburgers to make his point about dollar values? A creative Capitol Hill staffer may have been inspired by the Economist's Big Mac Index, which launched in the mid-'80s as a way of comparing currency value in two countries. For example, the $4.62 Big Mac in the U.S. today costs only $2.74 in China. Woodall defended the proposal, saying, "This bill puts a stop to Washington math forever." Still, Woodall was quick to praise Van Hollen's Big Mac chart before descending into his own love of the McDonald's value menu. 3 Steps To Join #FowlerNation! 1. Subscribe To The Fowler Show: http://bit.ly/SubscribeFowlerNation 2. 'Like' The Richard Fowler Show on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RichardFowlerShow 3. 'Follow' Us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/fowlershow These Patrons make the Fowler Show possible ($20+ monthly donation on Patreon.com/FowlerShow) & we couldn't do it without them! Truthservers.com Are you a fan of The Fowler Show? Become a Patron & help support independent media! Learn more here: http://www.patreon.com/fowlershow Want to help out but don't have any money to donate? Donate your account & help us get our stories out on social media. Learn more here: http://www.donateyouraccount.com/fowlershow If you liked this clip, share it with your friends and hit that "like" button! 1,500 Subscriber Behind The Scenes Reward Video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT9x1PvQTBU Subscribe to our Podcast on iTunes for free! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-richard-fowler-show/id510713880 @fowlershow @richardafowler http://www.facebook.com/richardfowlershow http://www.fowlershow.com http://fowlershow.tumblr.com/ Story: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/members-of-congress-debate-budget-with-pictures-of-big-macs-222444876.html