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What is a Billion?

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side of Recovery' started by spring, Apr 18, 2008.

  1. spring

    spring Administrator

    A member sent this to me. Interesting.....and infuriating.

    What is a BILLION??

    The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.
    A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

    A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

    B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

    C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

    D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

    E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the r ate our government is spending it.

    While this thought is still fresh in your brain, take a look at New Orleans.
    It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
    Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

    A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.

    B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

    C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.

    Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are your calculators broken??

    Accounts Receivable Tax
    Building Permit Tax
    CDL License Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Perm it Tax
    Gasoline Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
    IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
    Liquor Tax,
    Luxury Tax,
    Marriage License Tax,
    Medicare Tax,
    Property Tax,
    Real Estate Tax,
    Service charge taxes,
    Social Security Tax,
    Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
    Sales Taxes,
    Recreational Vehicle Tax,
    School Tax,
    State Income Tax,
    State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
    Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
    Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax,
    Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax,
    Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax,
    Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
    Telephone State and Local Tax,
    Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
    Utility Tax,
    Vehicle License Registration Tax,
    Vehicle Sales Tax,
    Watercraft Registration Tax,
    Well Permit Tax,
    Workers Compensation Tax.

    And just FYI..
    Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago.
    Our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
    We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What happened? What the heck happened?????

    And I still have to 'press
    1' for English.

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  2. Nomadic

    Nomadic Well-Known Member

    hmmm....interesting. Under Hoover there was no debt and there was the Great Depression but the Gov't didn't own anything. Gave FDR room to spend for C.C.C., W.P.A. put people to work on the infustructure of our country. Since then as Ike warned we've used the Military/IndustrialComplex to spur our economy. War is good for the economy some believe as sick as that is. Unfortunately that same formula can not long survive. I better stop now. Apples and Oranges.

    Oh, Creation or Evolution?

    It was fun reading though.

    Take Care,


    "an honest man's pillow is his peace of mind" John Mellencamp Minutes to Memories

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