It’s one thing to say that Washington doesn’t have any fiscal discipline. It’s another thing to say that Washington has no clue how much money it’s spending. But when you hear stuff like this fromthe vice president, well…

In an interview with Al Hunt of Bloomberg News scheduled to be shown Friday night, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. commented on the need for disclosure when corporate interests contribute to political groups.

“I was amazed at the amount of money, this $200 billion of money that is — where there’s no accountability,” he said. “When I say accountability, we don’t know where it’s coming from. There’s no disclosure, so the folks watching the ad can’t make a judgment based upon motive when you say it’s paid for by so-and-so.”

Mr. Biden clearly meant “million” with an “M,” not “billion” with a “B.”

But his tongue slipped again a moment later. “So it really — I’ve never seen this before, so the only caveat I’d put in terms of the House is how much impact this $200 billion are going to mean.”

Ed Morrissey of Hot Air has one response:

Million, billion, trillion … nothing this administration has done in two years demonstrates that they know the difference anyway.

But personally, I think that Biden is simply operating with the Chico Marx approach to finance, which the latter demonstrated to fine effect in the auction scene of the brothers first movie, The Cocoanuts: