Forgetting a Trillion, Exactly What Is A Billion Dollars?

It's not funny how our political parties have screwed us.  We hope after reading this you will finally get pissed!

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The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, as if it was really nothing, think about whether you want that 'politicians' to continue to represent you in spending your tax money as if it was farts from cows, which they now want to tax, too. 

A billion is a difficult number to get your head around. But it was reported that one advertising agency got a good handle on it by providing the following comparisons:

- 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.

- A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.

- A billion dollars ago was 8 hours and 20 minutes at the rate of government spending.

While these comparisons are fresh in your mind, let's take a look at a simple budget request from the city of New Orleans in America.  It's amazing what you can learn with some simple math.

A Democrat (what else) Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu, was reported to have asked Congress for only 250 billion dollars to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.  If you remember, that was the hurricane the drive-by media said that people were eating the dead and sharks were swimming in the streets.

It’s an interesting number, a billion.  So what does this request mean to the people of New Orleans?

- Well, if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.

- Or if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home gets  $1,329,787.

- Or if you are a family of four, your family would get $2,066,012.

So we have to ask American and Canadian politicians the following question.

"Are your calculators broken?" 

Here are just some of the taxes these provinces, states, and national elected pariah have put upon the people they're supposed to be representing in North America.  What a joke!  Check out the following list of taxes these pariah have placed upon the heads of most every one living in North America:

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, (soon to come Miles Driven 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 / Satellite Video Usage Tax / Service charge Taxes / Social Security Tax / Road Usage Tax (Truckers) / Sales Tax, 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 / Income Tax.

The amount of taxes like these that burden the people didn’t exist 100 years ago, and yet our nations at the time were some of the most prosperous in the world with no national debt.  We had the largest middle class in the world while mom stayed home to raise the kids.

So what the hell happened? 

Greedy politicians happened. America's Constitution was written with government offices to be filled with ordinary people who would take turns serving their government.  Instead today we have "professional" politicians that act as if kings and queens, sucking off money from special interests and making their service full time paid jobs that go on forever (Kennedy Monarchy) with perks in the millions. Their personal needs eat up household incomes as if cockroaches running around in the walls of the people's house. In fact this year was the first year the people's White House was purchased for 600 billion by Barack Obama and his followers.

And on top all of this off we still have to press '1' for English!

Don’t get mad.  Get even on election day and kick these bums out.  If you don’t, shut your pie hole and get out your wallet and spread the wealth to me!


Thanks to Len of Canada, eh?




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