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    What the heck happened?????

    I received this in my e-mail today. Thought I would share

    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. 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
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    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

    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, 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?????
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK4U View Post
    ...What the heck happened?????
    Greed, my friend. Greedy, lying politicians...

    and those who support them.
    People don't like to be meddled with. We tell them what to do, what to think, don't run, don't walk. We're in their homes and in their heads and we haven't the right. We're meddlesome.--River Tam

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    Of course this is disturbing. I think I may be happier not knowing what they are doing with the money. I would probably be more upset if I actually knew where it was going.

    The only person available to protect you 24 hours a day is you.

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    I don't know exactly what all they're rebuilding in New Orleans, but municipal infrastructure construction is really expensive. For example, building one mile of road typically costs between $100 - 200k, and that's assuming you're not doing anything complicated like filling in marshes or going through a mountain.

    Jacksonville has 3400 miles of paved roads. $250 million (million, not billion) would pave about 1666 miles, assuming a cost of $150k per mile. Then there's power lines and transformer stations, bridges, sewers, water treatment facilities, telephone landlines, etc. All of that costs *a LOT* more than paving roads. Any good-sized city in America has been built up over the years and probably would cost at least several hundred billion dollars to actually replace if it were heavily damaged. Look at how much we're blowing on Iraq, and they're not even citizens.

    I think New Orleans should be rebuilt farther inland in a much less vulnerable spot, and a good chunk of the area that was washed out should be turned back into marshland to act as a buffer zone. There's no reason to do this crap all over again in a decade. Part of the expense is probably those giant bridges they had, which may be somewhat unnecessary if the whole thing were more inland to begin with.
    Last edited by toreskha; 05-20-2008 at 11:11 AM.
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    UNREAL!!!! What has happened to this country? Then I see that when B.Obama visited in MI he stated that the government needs to do MORE for the poor folk!!! Ladies and gentlemen, I truly fear for this nation......
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