Thursday, May 8, 2008

What is a Billion?
A million here and a million there.

What is a billion ?

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 1969.

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 just one example, New Orleans. It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division:

Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), had asked 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 and 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.

D. From another perspective that would mean that every man, woman, and child in the US would be writing a check for $830.17 and sending it to New Orleans.

Washington, D.C . HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??

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