> 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 it's releases.
> 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 (D)
> Is presently askingCongressfor
> 250BILLION DOLLARS
> Torebuild New Orleans. Interesting number...
> What does it mean?
> Well...If you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans
> (every man, woman and child)
> You each get $516,528.
> Or...If you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets$1,329,787...
> Or... If you are a family of four....
> Your family gets $2,066,012.
> Washington, D.C
> Are all your calculators broken??
> Building Permit Tax
> CDL License Tax
> Cigarette Tax
> Corporate Income Tax
> Dog License Tax
> Federal Income Tax (Fed)
> Federal Unemployment Tax (FU TA)
> Fishing License Tax
> Food License Tax
> Fuel Permit 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 ChargeTax
> Utility Tax
> Vehicle License Registration Tax
> Vehicle Sales Tax
> Watercraft Registration Tax
> Well Permit Tax
> Workers Compensation Tax
> (And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)
> 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...
> We had the largest middle class in the world...
> And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
> What happened?
> Can you spell:
> And I still have to
> Press '1'
> For English.
> What the hell happened???
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In a similar vein, the average social security check in Jan 2012 was about $1,240 or about $15,000/yr. Just for round numbers, if you collect $20,000/yr it would take 50 years to total one million & 25,000 (twenty five thousand) years to total one half billion dollars. Now consider that one half billion is less than this administration gave to Solendra. Just Solendra. And they are not even close to being the biggest beneficiary of this admin's largess. But of course SS is the problem & was to be the first thing cut if the debt ceiling was not raised. SS is the only government program that has raised more money than it has cost, so of course it has to be punished.
I've run across explanations over the years that illustrate what a billion is. I just don't think they're relevant because a billion dollars is only about $3.23 for every man, woman, and child in the US. It's not that much on a national scale. If we had a federal government that spent money responsibly we could have a one trillion dollar annual budget with low taxes, low unemployment, and significant economic growth.
Magus, that's the number I pulled from a website. I didn't really try to validate it. Most people I know are in $1,600-$2,000 range, but I do know a lot of people that are under $1,000/mo. These are mostly people that worked "under the table" for most of their life or worked minimum wage jobs with a lot of unemployment mixed in. Location would have a bearing too. A low paying job in NY, Boston, Los Angeles, etc would be a pretty good salary in Mississippi. My FIL passed away last week. He was retired UAW member, his SS check was right at $2,000 after deductions for medicare premiums.
Bill, I agree with you although even a one trillion dollar budget would be nearly $14,000 for a family of four, and that is in addition to FICA taxes & benefits. We are currently spending four times that & borrowing 40% of what we spend. If they cut spending in half we could quit borrowing & start paying down our debt. The problem is congress spends money the way a ten year old might manage the family budget. First they put out a wish list, then just borrow the money. We want a Disney vacation, no make that two trips to Disney one in Florida one in California, we might as well go to Europe too, a new boat, designer sneakers, when Dad's money runs out we'll just hit the MAC machine. If Congress had to act like adults & say "This is how much money we have, let's spend it where it will do the most good." then most of the nonsense would go away. We really do need a balanced budget amendment.