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Putting Things in Perspective
Putting Things in Perspective

How many zeros in a billion? There are nine (000,000,000) zeroes after the one in one billion. There are twelve (000,000,000,000) zeroes after the one in one trillion.     This is too true to be 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.
  1. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
  2. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
  3. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
  4. A billion days ago no-one walked on the Earth on two feet.
  5. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hrs. 20 min. at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain... let's 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 Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number... what does it mean?
  1. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.
  2. Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets $1,329,787.
  3. Or... if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.

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

Pay attention here:

Accounts Receivable Tax Building Permit Tax CDL License Tax Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax Dog License Tax Federal Income Tax Federal Unemployment Tax
Fishing License Tax Food License Tax Fuel Permit Tax Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax Inheritance Tax Inventory Tax IRS Interest Charges IRS Penalties
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 Telephone Federal Excise Tax Telephone Federal
State and Local Tax Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax Utility Tax Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax


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... We 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.

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Submitted by: L. Peterson, 28 January 2009

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