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How much is a "Billion"?

By TonytheTiger ·
A Billion!!!!! Here's some thought provoking information

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.

Does the average taxpayer really understand what a billion is?

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Your forgetting all the overhead

by jdclyde In reply to How much is a "Billion"?

There are many politicians along the way that will need to tap into that money for "administrative" costs.

There is a sizable portion that will end up having to be redirected back at this senator from Louisiana.

The Mayor of New Orleans will have to refurnish his office and probably will need a new Escalade for him and another for his "people".

Really makes you wonder what comprehensive, detailed plan they will need to follow that will take this money. Do we hear ANY Democrats complaining about the money or worring about where it will come from? No, they will just want to have large stacks of cash to throw around the state so they can pretend they care about the poor poor that THEY had allowed to become so devistatingly poor under the decade after decade after decade of failed Democratic policies to "help the poor" in the war on poverty.

And of course each and everyone that says anything against this is a racist and hates the poor blacks? Just watch and see. Lots of race cards to be played very soon. so many in fact, you will think they stacked the deck! Maybe they are using wild cards?

I wonder how much of this will go to the poor poor that are suing Texas now for after a FULL YEAR, are cutting the gravy train and telling people that after a year it is time to get a job like the rest of us. They have a right to indefinate gravy train because they made a choice to live in a flood plain? Sorry, but it is time for the train to pull out of the station.

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They didn't choose to live on a flood plain

by neilb@uk In reply to Your forgetting all the o ...

They chose to live below sea level. I can see why the Dutch grudgingly live below sea level as their country was about the size of Connecticut before they dammed up some bits of the North Sea but your country is HUGE. Why would you want to rebuild something that's going to get flooded again and again?

With a lot less than 250 billion dollars to spend you can put the displaced citizens ANYWHERE.

Bugger! I'm agreeing with you about politics. Something must be wrong.

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I just knew

by jdclyde In reply to They didn't choose to liv ...

that you would come around! B-)

Logic always wins in the end!

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Exactly right.

by stress junkie In reply to They didn't choose to liv ...

If the d^mned politicians had any brains they would prevent any residences below sea level. I don't mind if they rebuild the business district but all homes, hospitals, nursing homes, and any other long term residences should be on high ground so that if the levies break again people will not have their homes flooded. The area below sea level that had been residencial could be used for any number of things. Manufacturing, parks, whatever. Just not residences.

But our fearless leaders are too d^mned stupid to make a change like this. They will put it back just the way it was. Idiots.

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Wow, talk about perspective

by Old Guy In reply to How much is a "Billion"?

good page. Yeah, but who is REALLY going to get most of that money in New Orleans???

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The only relevant measure of $ is labor-time

by Absolutely In reply to How much is a "Billion"?

How long does it take the recipients of any FEMA handout to contribute, through their labor, the amount of human labor-time they leech from the system?

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What are you talking about?

by jdclyde In reply to The only relevant measure ...

the "recipients" have no intention of putting in any labor-time. They are waiting for "the government" to tell them that their NEW fully funished homes have been build, and hand the keys over to them.

Labor-time. Your funny.

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They may not,

by TonytheTiger In reply to The only relevant measure ...

in their lifetime anyway, but it would sure be encouraging to at least see them try. It wouldn't seem like leeching then.

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Crunch this math:

by maxwell edison In reply to How much is a "Billion"?

Every year, 1600 billion dollars are taken from the people who earned them, and given to people who did not earn them, under the guise of government social programs.

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Oh god help me, I'm going to regret this post

by DanLM In reply to Crunch this math:

I have been on the receiving end of social programs.
1). When my mother had almhienzer(I know, I butchered that). Social programs helped my brother take care of my mother in her own home through visiting nurse's once a week. And other programs like that. She ended up in a home prior to her death, but she spent a good deal of time in her own house due to the assistance they received.
2). I was on welfare at one time. No job, no unemployment. Food stamps, the whole 9 yards. I needed it then, and I got off when I could. But, again. At that time, it kept me fed.

I hate dead beats, and people that make a living on social programs. Just saying, there are times.

Dan

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