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Keeping Things in Perspective

2016/09/16

Notice how politicians use the word ‘billion’ in such a casual manner?

Think about it. A ‘billion‘ is a difficult number to comprehend for the average ‘deplorable‘ American citizen.

So, let’s put that figure into some perspective:

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 your 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) asked Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS 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. HELLO!  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 Charge Tax
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?

‘POLITICIANS!’

And I still have to Press ‘1’ For English?

Originally posted by Don Corleone on 16 September 2016

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If a ‘billion‘ seems hard to comprehend, think about how this reflects political fiscal responsibility:

Total Federal Government Debt in 2016. At the end of FY 2016 the gross US federal government debt is estimated to be $19.3 trillion, according to the FY17 Federal Budget. 

See U.S. Debt Clock

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