Mr Willis of Ohio (Episode 106)
First Aired: Wednesday, 3rd November, 1999
Writer: Aaron Sorkin
Director: Christopher Misiano











A Billion Dollars Here, A Billion Dollars There--Sooner Or Later It Starts To Add Up To Real Money
Bullpen / Corridors of the West Wing. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

DONNA: Hi.
JOSH: Hi.
DONNA: Can I ask you a question?
JOSH: About what?
DONNA: The budget surplus?
JOSH: Go ahead.
DONNA: There's a 30 billion dollar budget surplus.
JOSH: It'll actually shake out to about 32 billion.
DONNA: Whatever.
JOSH: Well you know what they say.
DONNA: What do they say?
JOSH: A billion dollars here, a billion dollars there--sooner or later it starts to add up to real money.
DONNA: That's a nifty saying, Josh.
JOSH: I didn't coin it or anything.
DONNA: We have a 32 billion dollar surplus for the first time in three decades.
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: Republicans in Congress want to use this money for tax relief right?
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: Essentially what they're saying is, they want to give back the money.
JOSH: Yes.
DONNA: Why don't we want to give back the money?
JOSH: Because we're Democrats.
DONNA: But it's not the government's money.
JOSH: Sure it is--it's right there in our bank account.
DONNA: That's only because we collected more money than we ended up needing.
JOSH: (grins) Isn't it great?
DONNA: I want my money back.
JOSH: Sorry.
DONNA: We're not done with this.
JOSH: I didn't think so.








I Want My Money Back!
Corridors of the West Wing. Josh and Donna walk and talk.

JOSH: Did he say what it was about?
DONNA: No. What's wrong with me getting my money back?
JOSH: You won't spend it right.
DONNA: What do you mean?
JOSH: Let's say your cut of the surplus is $700. I want to take your money, combine it with everyone else's money and use it to pay down the debt and further endow social security. What do you want to do with it?
DONNA: Buy a DVD player.
JOSH: See?
DONNA: But my $700 is helping employ the people who manufacture and sell DVD players, not to mention the people who manufacture and sell DVDs. It's the natural evolution of the market economy.
JOSH: The problem is, the DVD player you buy might be made in Japan.
DONNA: I'll buy an American one.
JOSH: We don't trust you.
DONNA: Why not?
JOSH: We're Democrats.
DONNA: I want my money back!
JOSH: You shouldn't have voted for us.








That Was A Little Parable
Roosevelt Room. Josh, Sam and Charlie are talking when Donna enters with their lunch.

DONNA: Sandwiches.
JOSH: Thank you, Donna. Defending virtue is hungry work.
DONNA: I'll be at my desk.
JOSH: Uh ... Donna?
DONNA: Yes?
JOSH: How much were the sandwiches?
DONNA: $12.95.
JOSH: I gave you a twenty.
DONNA: Yes. As it turns out you actually gave me more money than I needed to buy what you asked for. However, knowing you, as I do, I'm afraid I can't trust you to spend the change wisely. I've decided to invest it for you.
JOSH: That was nice. That was a little parable.
DONNA: I want my money back.




Many thanks to The West Wing Collection for the wonderful screencaps!