Real Money

How many zeros in a billion? 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.  This came to me this week and I will share it with you.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
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 brain, let’s take a look at New Orleans it’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu, is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number, what does it mean?

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.

So let us sum up Boys & Girls, this is where we stand today, as of this minute … Step back and take a good hard look at it.

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), motorfuel tax (motorists)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 I still have to ‘press 1’ for English.

Still believe this is funny? I could go on to “Fee’s” the latest wrinkle in the fabric of America.  Unfortunately, there is a fee for just about everything in the country these days. But I have two lawns to mow today and in the end …… What is the use? You all get the picture, don’tcha? It doesn’t get any better in the end. So here it is, the bottom line, where the rubber meets the road as they say down in Crawford, Americkuh ……

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 on the planet, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell ‘politicians?’

It is from the Greek, Poli (poly) meaning “many” and Tic, from the English, a blood sucking parasite.


3 thoughts on “Real Money

  1. Gosh, I’m kinda scared to say where I work.


  2. Pretty amazing figures, but these have been going around the net for awhile, so I decided to update them. A billion dollars was only 2 hours 49 minutes ago under the latest budget of 3.1 TRILLION dollars. That’s 8.5 billion dollars per day, seven days a week. Of course, as you have discussed before, the Iraq War is paid for off budget, hence the frequent trips to Congress for additional funding. The cost of that war is currently $5,000 every SECOND. Won’t it be great when that war is ended, in a hundred years or so, and that money can be spent on domestic programs! How much healthcare would that buy for poor children?


  3. LM you are okay, it is honest work, I wouldn’t give it a second thought at all. Don’t run for “Public Office” tho’, that would certainly make you fair game! hahahahahahaha.

    James: The numbers blow me away, like I said in the piece they are not my numbers but never the less, whew? Awhile back I came across one, wish I would have saved it, but it dealt with how many houses you could build, how many hospitals, and in general, how well we would benefit from the prudent distribution of the monies and it dealt also in billions of dollars.

    Good stuff. Thanks.



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