I first ran this article in 2013. Last night we heard President Trump talking about how much money is needed to restore the infrastructure of the country, build the wall, supply the military, etc. He talked in billions and trillions of dollars. I think it’s time to read this again and put things in perspective. So I ask the question—again: What if you ran your home or business like the politicians run the country?
The day’s email
I received the following in my email and, I can tell you, it made me pause and think about it. It made me ask the question, “What if we ran our homes and our businesses like the politicians run our country?” I generally don’t venture into politics on this blog, but I think we all need to reflect on this.
How much is a Billion?
While you’re reading it, consider the fact that now, in Washington, D.C., they talk about TRILLIONS as much as billions. How much is that? Anyway, here is the email in its entirety:
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 did a good job of
Putting that figure into some perspective in
one of its releases.
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 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) was 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?
And what about taxes?
And besides the income tax we pay:
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax (Fed)
Federal Unemployment Tax (FU TA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge Taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Recreational Vehicle 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 ChargeTax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
(And to think, we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes)
STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
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.
Can you spell
I hope this goes around the
At least 100 times
What the heck happened?
Some questions to ponder
This is the end of the e-mail. now let me add some questions for you to ponder:
What would happen if you continued to spend more money than you earned? Those who have massive credit card debt know the answer to this.
What if you took someone else’s money to pay your bills without their permission? You would probably go to jail for theft.
What if everyone had their hand in your pocket? How long would the money last?
This year, let’s watch carefully with an open mind to see what’s happening with our money in the hands of the Washington politicians. (Whether they or you are Republicans or Democrats doesn’t enter this picture. Just watch what they do.)
And one last question. How much of the money you earn should you be allowed to keep?
Think about it.