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What is a billion? Too true to be funny

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posted on Jun, 27 2008 @ 06:07 PM
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If this is the wrong spot for this mods, please move it to the right place!!

VV

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 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 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 all 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.



STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
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 U S A at least 100 times!!




posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 11:14 AM
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Good thread


You wonder where we went wrong in this country just start with Accounts Receivable Tax and work your way down.



posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 11:42 AM
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9 out of 10 cats never thought about it like that



posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 11:57 AM
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Sounds like Mary Landrieu needs to be charged with fraud.

Screw New Orleans.



posted on Jun, 29 2008 @ 12:11 PM
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Don't forget Capital Gains Taxes. After your income is already taxed and you decide to invest whatever the government decides you get to keep, if that taxed money makes more money they will tax that too.



posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 12:59 AM
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That is pretty terrifying.
Terrifying and extremely overwhelming...



posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 01:02 AM
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Great post.

I had to respond, didn't want you to think nobody was paying attention.



posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 01:05 AM
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Good post.

almost 50 years old b4 living 1 billion seconds....



posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 07:32 AM
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reply to post by ValhallasValkyrie
 


Totally cool post!!!

This is am amazing comparison!! What gave you an idea to do this??

Now that you did thid one I'd like to see one for "Trillion", if that can even be done.



posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 08:32 AM
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posted on Jun, 30 2008 @ 11:34 PM
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that makes it clearer.

what a rip off the govt is.



I hear trillion all the time now, thats the next number
to get used to.



posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 03:07 AM
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One billion?

I have spent many days wondering what I would do with 10 thousand, 50 thousand, 100 thousand and even a million. I don't think I could imagine anything I could do with a billion dollars. Its just too much for even me to play with, maby in my whole lifetime. And a billion dollars would grow a garden in every backyard or back patio in the US with enough left over for a couple bullets to hunt for our food.

Why arn't they helping their people with all that money instead of finding better ways to kill us?



posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 03:18 AM
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Originally posted by acewilliams
One billion?

I have spent many days wondering what I would do with 10 thousand, 50 thousand, 100 thousand and even a million. I don't think I could imagine anything I could do with a billion dollars. Its just too much for even me to play with, maby in my whole lifetime. And a billion dollars would grow a garden in every backyard or back patio in the US with enough left over for a couple bullets to hunt for our food.

Why arn't they helping their people with all that money instead of finding better ways to kill us?



Actually I know what I could do with 999 Trillion. Seriously.
In the end of the day you may ask what I would spend it on...in the short it would be to adjust my way of living which would dramatically impact and change society.

Starting off I would have the biggest, private owned, scientific & technological company - for myself yes, but of course the impact would have to reach out to the world or it wont benefit me either. (We dont live in capsules, and it may sound selfish how I put it...but Im not always the best with words)

There are good ways to spend it - just not sure its being put together for a collective good purpose.

More like companies fighting each other and competing instead of collaborating and moving forward. From everything starting from technology to healthy living.

But anyway, one can dream of the world they would live in...and trillions would only be the beginning...well, actually if the world were to change, you could break away from trillions and break things back down to a common denominator while being truly advanced. But that means evolving ones ego past itself...not into itself.


PEace

dAlen



posted on Jul, 1 2008 @ 07:13 AM
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Originally posted by acewilliams
One billion?

I have spent many days wondering what I would do with 10 thousand, 50 thousand, 100 thousand and even a million. I don't think I could imagine anything I could do with a billion dollars. Its just too much for even me to play with, maby in my whole lifetime. And a billion dollars would grow a garden in every backyard or back patio in the US with enough left over for a couple bullets to hunt for our food.


Thats easy I would buy Texas and turn it into a African Animal reserve! Especially for the endangered animals...




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