Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A billion Dollars

This is too true to be very funny. 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 caves.
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 rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brains, let's take a look atNew Orleans . It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division:
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking theCongress for $250 BILLION to rebuildNew 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 for repairs.
C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington , D.C ... HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??
Tax his land, his wage, the bed in which he lays, his tractor, his mule, his cow, his goat, his pants, his coat, his ties, his shirts, his work, his dirt, his tobacco, his drink, his booze, his beers, his tears, his bills, his gas, his notes, his cash, his coffin, his grave, the sod in which he lays, and then taxes on Inheritance, Accounts Receivable, Building Permits, Commercial Drivers License, Cigarettes, Corporate Income, Dog License, Federal Income, Federal Unemployment, Fishing License, Food License, Fuel Permit, Gasoline, Hunting, Inventory, Inheritance, IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax), IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax), Liquor, Luxury, Marriage License, Medicare, Property, Real Estate, Social Security, Road Usage, Sales, Recreational Vehicle, School, State Income, State Unemployment, Telephone Federal Excise, Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee, Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge, Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge, Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges, Telephone State and Local, Telephone Usage Charge, Utility, Vehicle License Registration, Vehicle Sales, Watercraft Registration, Well Permit, Workers Compensation.
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and 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? Can you spell 'politicians! 'And I still have to 'press 1' for English.
I hope this goes around THE USA at least a billion times. It WILL - with your help!

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