how much is a billion

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  1. snair

    snair

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    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.

    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
    Congressfor
    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

    (every man, woman, and child)
    You
    eachget$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??


    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

    Television disposal 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)


    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 'politicians!'


    And I still have to
    Press '1'
    For English.


    I hope this goes around
    the
    U
    SA
    At
    least 100 times

    What the heck happened?????
























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  2. eXistenZ

    eXistenZ Play it.

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    Wow, big letters...
     

  3. Scared_of_zombies

    Scared_of_zombies

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    good perspective. can you make the font less annoying though.
     
  4. Mikey444

    Mikey444 sacré bleu!

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    Thank you for reducing the font to a much more manageable size.
     
  5. LongGoneDays

    LongGoneDays Misanthropical

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    Holy **** that was annoying
     
  6. Scared_of_zombies

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    Good message, bad font.
     
  8. Nords

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    I DON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE YELLING ABOUt
     
  9. certifiedfunds

    certifiedfunds Cosmopolitan Bias

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  10. DScottHewitt

    DScottHewitt EMT-B

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    IT worked out right when the e-mail started......


    :rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl::rofl:
     
  11. Brian Lee

    Brian Lee Drop those nuts

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    There. See how nice and easy that all converts to a nice small font ?
     
  12. Nords

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    Removed all text formatting and put it at the default forum font size for even easier reading :cool: :


    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.
    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 atNew 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?

    A.
    Well ... If you are one of the 484,674 residents ofNew Orleans
    (every man, woman, and child)
    Youeachget$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??

    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

    Television disposal 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)

    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 'politicians!'

    And I still have to
    Press '1'
    For English.

    I hope this goes around the
    USA
    Atleast 100 times

    What the heck happened?????
     
  13. snair

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    sorry it was an email
     
  14. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Um JC wasn't "alive" a billion seconds ago. That's only 107AD - about 70 years after his "death."

    But what's 60 million minutes between friends. LOL


    (Yeah, I had to do the math. Just b'cuz.)

    Oh fudge. A billion seconds ago was 1978/9, not 1959. How old is this email anyways???
     
  15. silentpoet

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    So old dragoon44 was the first to read it.
     
  16. arclight610

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    I was listening to the radio while driving home from work the other day and I heard Washington DC wants to implement a "mileage tax" based on how much a person drives. Great, so not only do they tax our gasoline and cars they want to tax actual usage. When does it stop!?!?

    http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/29/2943.asp

    Feds to Convince DC Area Taxpayers to Embrace $4.8 Billion Mileage Tax
    Washington, DC regional officials seek federal gas tax money to study political implication of $4.8 billion mileage tax on motorists.

    Officials are looking to convince residents in the Washington, DC metropolitan region that converting every local streets into toll roads would be good for them. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board last Wednesday voted to seek federal gas tax funds to bankroll a $400,000 study on how best to sell the public on a controversial per-mile tax proposal that would raise up to $4.8 billion in new revenue.

    "A comprehensive road-use pricing initiative in the Washington metropolitan area would be an extremely ambitious experiment," Brookings Institution authors Benjamin K. Orr and Alice M. Rivlin explained in a policy paper designed to garner the interest of regional authorities. "Leadership and upfront investment from the federal government would also be essential to get the experiment off the ground and ensure comprehensive implementation. Some recent indications of interest at the federal level suggest that this might be possible. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has recently stated that, due to the failure of the Manhattan congestion pricing initiative, the US Department of Transportation still has funds available for pilot congestion pricing programs."

    Brookings, a left-wing think tank, will complete the study entitled, "Public Acceptability of Regional Road Pricing: Can it be Designed to Garner Public Support?" by December 2010, presuming the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) approves the request. The funds will pay for a series of telephone surveys and focus groups with residents and special interest groups with an eye to determining how best to package ideas that have generated significant public opposition when proposed in other areas around the world.

    In the UK, for example, 1.8 million residents signed
    an official Downing Street petition urging the prime minister to scrap plans to implement a GPS-based mileage tax. In Manchester, 79 percent voted against congestion charging in a referendum last year as 74 percent of voters did in Edinburgh, Scotland in 2005. The proposed Washington toll system raises many of the privacy concerns identified by UK opponents of congestion charging.

    "Vehicles would be fitted with a GPS transponder device similar to an E-ZPass, perhaps as part of the registration process," Orr and Rivlin explained. "This device would record the type of vehicle, the distance traveled, and the time and location of travel."

    Despite the privacy issues, DC officials insist that tolling is necessary for making up for the shortfall in gasoline tax revenues. The proposed mileage tax would solve this problem by increasing motorist taxation levels by a factor of ten. The additional revenue would be diverted to spending on buses and rail service.

    "State gas taxes raise approximately $420 million in the Washington urbanized area every year," Orr and Rivlin wrote. "Revenues from the road-use pricing scheme described above would be between $2.96 billion and $4.79 billion, depending on the average fee... Net revenues could be split between improving mass transit (particularly buses), a need-based refund or discount, and roadway maintenance."

    The federal and state excise tax is only one component of money raised from motorists in the DC and its Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Other taxes imposed on motorists include Virginia's personal property tax on automobiles, vehicle licensing and registration fees, a tax on car insurance, special taxes on commercial vehicles, as well as parking and speeding tickets. The total of all motorist-related taxes in Virginia exceeds the amount spent on road building and maintenance in the state, according to TheNewspaper's analysis.
     
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  17. ShamGlock

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    I'm also not sure I buy into the statement that 100 years ago we were so much better off on the whole. While I don't believe that working conditions were as dire as some people would believe across the board, I think there were enough poor conditions and pay to give rise to the only useful time period for unions in this country's history. Also wasn't this one time period where we approached having 90% of the country's wealth in the hands of less than 10% of the population?
     
  18. snair

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    i bet it was better 50 years ago
     
  19. Dennis in MA

    Dennis in MA Get off my lawn

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    Say that and get cancer, polio, TB, the flu, need a transplant or a myriad of other things we've been able to reverse, eradicate or treat in the last 50 years. Instead, you get:

    The height of the Cold War
    Hippies
    JFK Assassination
    Bay of Pigs
    Cuban Missile Crisis (probably the biggest of all listed)
    LBJ
    Race riots
    no internet
    barely any TV
    no cable
    no calculators, for all intents and purposes
    no cell phones
    expensive air travel
    Lacka-seatbelts

    Yeah, 50 years ago was so fleepin awesome. (Actually, I think there is probably a close-to-even trade-off.)
     
  20. G-30Jet

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    Wow, that's the billionth time that I have heard about government over-taxation.