to understand a BILLION

This was brought to my attention today via email and although I have felt this way for years, I don’t think I could have said it better myself.  So without plagiarizing or losing the focus intended, I’ll just paste it in here exactly as it was received.  Thanks K…
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 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.

D. A billion days ago nobody walked 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 simple division.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D, LA.) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans.


 Interesting number…what does it mean?

A. Well… if you are one of the 484,674 residents of  New Orleans you should each get $516,528.

B. Or have one of the 188,251 households in New Orleans, your household should get  $1,329,787.

C. If you are a family of four, increase that number to $2,066,012.


Washington, DC…

< 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

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 
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
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax

Not ONE of these taxes existed 100 years ago…
and we were 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? C
an you spell ‘politicians!’ 

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One Response to to understand a BILLION

  1. Tjerd S. says:

    Yer welcome! See also "Ever heard of a petaflop?" for outrageously large numbers…

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