Russ Gibb at Random
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think about a billion dollars

March 1, 2009

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 asking Congress for
to rebuild 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 Pe rmit 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 Vehicl e 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 T ax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
(And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)


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.

I hope this goes around the
at least 100 times

What the heck happened?????

If you do not know--just ask me !

I do know.

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6 Comment(s)

I frequently mistake this site for a collection of chain e-mail.
I mean, honestly,
MAD magazine has more credibility than you. At least everyone's in on the joke.

--by Peter on 3/2/09   Lives: Dearborn  

I got a pay raise and this crazy war in Iraq is near an end. My father just got laid off and old women are carrying guns to church around Detroit. Honestly, Russ, this economic situation has a knife to the jugular of American Democracy. I'm employed in the last lucrative business left: war. Is this the world I want to raise my kids in? No.

So you know what a billion dollars means to me?

Not a darn thing until we fix this bagged, pre-packaged mess of a world our last President left us with. Thank god Obama's still in the fight, because the conservatives have given up on the little guy.

--by Brian on 3/2/09   Lives: USA  

Russ, thank you for sharing this laundry list of craziness. I mean, honestly, my favorite part was: "And I still have to press '1' for English"!!! See what I mean? This country is going crazy!! Do you think we old folks will live to see it correct its present course of craziness? or will we live to see the tragic day when the official language of the U.S. will be declared to be some foreign language. Oh my. I am giving myself the shakes just thinking about it. I will have to go rest now so that I don't have an aneurism. Well, let me go rest now. Oh my.

--by Martha on 3/4/09   Lives: Dearborn  

Dear Russ and Martha

Hello, my name is Carla. And I, too, share the views of Martha. I do not want my grandchildren to have to speak spanish in the future of this country, just to be able to get a job or succeed in their education. I mean, come on, seriously now, SPANISH??? We seniors may not live to see the day when it becomes reality, but we can certainly foresee that it will probably happen in 10 or 20 years. It is ironic, but the generation of Americans who have lived enough to see the threats against our heritage in the last 50 years, are probably the only ones who can foresee the current threat of illegal aliens culture threaten American culture and future, but the new generations of Americans, our children, do not take this threat seriously, and they will not believe the seriousness of the threat, from their parents and grandparents. The most ironic thing is that our children and grandchildren will be the ones who grow up to suffer through the changing of America, long after we are gone. It makes me so sad. A tear is swelling in my eye. And it is not just the illegal aliens who are compromising American heritage and culture; we also have some people who are linked to terrorists societies, who come here and introduce bad things to America, like some very un-American things. I do not know what to do. It is inevitable. Russ, can we stop it? what can we really do?? help me, please.

--by Carla on 3/8/09   Lives: Dearborn  

I am scared too!!!!!

--by Debbie Sch on 3/11/09   Lives: Michigan  

So in 1909, we had the largest middle class in the world? What, all 20,000 of them?

--by Mark on 4/22/09   Lives: Dearborn  

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