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Old May 25th, 2008, 12:06 AM   #1
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How many zeros in a billion?



This is too true to be funny.

The next time you hear a politician use the
word 'b illion' 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.
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 the Congress for
$250 BILLION
to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number,
what does it mean?

A.
Well, if you are one of
484,674 residents of
New Orleans
(every man, woman, child),
you each get $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??


Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax < BR>Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it 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 Fe e Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Su rcharge 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 Lic ense Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these ta xes existed 100 years ago,
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had a bsolutely no national debt, 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
at least 100 times

What the heck happened?????
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Old May 25th, 2008, 12:14 AM   #2
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The real question is can it be stopped!!!
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Old May 25th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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The problem with the politicians is the are such spin doctors that they will tell you that it doesn't matter how many zeros are in a billion because a zero is worth nothing, Just Like A Politician.
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http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/billions.asp

this type of ½ contrived, regurgitated, 18 year old e-mail forward chaps my ass almost as much as paying the damned taxes in the first place.
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http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/billions.asp

this type of contrived, regurgitated, 18 year old e-mail forward chaps my ass almost as much as paying the damned taxes in the first place.
That would really make you walk funny then wouldn't it
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That would really make you walk funny then wouldn't it
no, that's the stress fracture in my left foot/ankle that's making me walk funny :tonka:

getting saddle sore has never made me walk funny.
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http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/trivia/billions.asp

this type of contrived, regurgitated, 18 year old e-mail forward chaps my ass almost as much as paying the damned taxes in the first place.
So you don't like the fact that he illustrated how big of a number a billion is? I don't think the true point of this post is to show how big one billion is, but to use it as an opening to the $250 billion being sent to New Orleans. I didn't know is was against GL4x4 rules to quote other websites.
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no, that's the stress fracture in my left foot/ankle that's making me walk funny :tonka:

getting saddle sore has never made me walk funny.
That sounds like your talkin from experiance.
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So you don't like the fact that he illustrated how big of a number a billion is? I don't think the true point of this post is to show how big one billion is, but to use it as an opening to the $250 billion being sent to New Orleans. I didn't know is was against GL4x4 rules to quote other websites.
Did you read the snopes link?

It is a dated email from the 90's, then has had shit added 4 years ago.

Basically it is garbage just piled up. If someone takes a minute and googles 3 words out of the emails they would be able to see if shit is real or not. Was it real sure, at some point those numbers would have been close, but they aren't accurate and when talking about numbers if your off 1 you could be off a million.
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So you don't like the fact that he illustrated how big of a number a billion is? I don't think the true point of this post is to show how big one billion is, but to use it as an opening to the $250 billion being sent to New Orleans. I didn't know is was against GL4x4 rules to quote other websites.
Most folks that have access to the internet know enough basic math to know how big a number a billion is.

As the link I pasted points out, this is a contrived, fabricated message, with many instances of severely flawed math. Nobody disputes that the requested 250 billion for Katrina Aid is a huge amount, but it too is old news.

The introduced act: "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act" dates from 2005 - from everything I have read, it was introduced, and never got through the finance committee as there are obviously funding issues.

Finally, who said anything about quoting other sites, and/or rules? The original post didn't quote a website, it's a copy+paste from a 3 year old e-mail forward... I simply refuted it, voiced my opinion on e-mail forwards in general. Especially the ones that take excessive liberty with facts; and that are obviously written with a slant toward an attempt to incense the reader into hitting "fwd to full address book" and/or paste to every webforum in the world before stopping to check for any credibility whatsoever.
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That sounds like your talkin from experiance.
I used to ride for 1-2 hours every morning. (Some 20+ lbs ago. )







(I'll leave the door open for your interpretation's :tonka: )
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Most folks that have access to the internet know enough basic math to know how big a number a billion is.

As the link I pasted points out, this is a contrived, fabricated message, with many instances of severely flawed math. Nobody disputes that the requested 250 billion for Katrina Aid is a huge amount, but it too is old news.

The introduced act: "Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief and Economic Recovery Act" dates from 2005 - from everything I have read, it was introduced, and never got through the finance committee as there are obviously funding issues.

Finally, who said anything about quoting other sites, and/or rules? The original post didn't quote a website, it's a copy+paste from a 3 year old e-mail forward... I simply refuted it, voiced my opinion on e-mail forwards in general. Especially the ones that take excessive liberty with facts; and that are obviously written with a slant toward an attempt to incense the reader into hitting "fwd to full address book" and/or paste to every webforum in the world before stopping to check for any credibility whatsoever.
I agree.
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I agree.
I'm just saying that I know that the math is a little off/outdated and that it's an old email fwd, but I think he just wants to make the general point that politicians seem to have no common sense and just grab big numbers out of the air. What this has to do with anything presently though is not stated...which would make this post a little more worth while.
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