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What is a billion?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Travioli, Nov 12, 2008.

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  1. Travioli

    Travioli TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Got this in an e-mail at work. I copied and pasted I hope it comes out alright.

    How many zeros in a billion?

    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 put that figure into some perspective in a press release.

    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 only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

    While this thought is still fresh, 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 Congress
    for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans. Interesting number.... what does it mean?

    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 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... 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 at least 100 times

    What the heck happened?????
  2. Rocketdog

    Rocketdog Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    AIG Knows
  3. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    "...Can we, who man the ship of state, deny it is somewhat out of control? Our national debt is approaching $1 trillion. A few weeks ago I called such a figure, a trillion dollars, incomprehensible, and I've been trying ever since to think of a way to illustrate how big a trillion really is. And the best I could come up with is that if you had a stack of thousand-dollar bills in your hand only 4 inches high, you'd be a millionaire. A trillion dollars would be a stack of thousand-dollar bills 67 miles high. The interest on the public debt this year we know will be over $90 billion, and unless we change the proposed spending for the fiscal year beginning October 1st, we'll add another almost $80 billion to the debt..."

    Ronald Reagan

    Address Before a Joint Session of the Congress on the Program for Economic Recovery
    February 18, 1981

    If we have $700 Billion to $1 Trillion for the FM/FM bailout, tens of billions for the auto industry, the _____________ industry,,,,where does it end?


    Feb 10, 2006
    Not to make light of the situation, but if my math is correct 1 billion seconds is 31 years 8 1/2 months, not 49. So 1 billion seconds ago was 1977 not 1959. And 1 billion minutes ago was the year 106, A very long time ago, but after christ's death and resurection.
  5. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

    Jan 29, 1998
    Tuxedo NC
    MX Shooter your math is correct. But a billion of anything is still a lot!

    Bob Schultz
  6. phirel

    phirel TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    MXSHOOTER - I came up with a billion seconds to be 31.7 years, but I did a little rounding.

    Big numbers are well beyond the ability of my mind to comprehend. Is there any real difference between the distance of a star that is 1,500 light years away and a star that is 1,800 light years away? How far can light travel in just 300 years?

    Pat Ireland
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