What is a Billion – An Interesting Math Lesson


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 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.

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 Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number…what does it mean?

A. Well… if you are one of the 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.

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 Fe dermal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State an d 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 (I would have said, “a billion times…”)

What the heck happened???? ?


Now, a personal note: I have a friend whose son was one of the responders to Hurricane Katrina. According to him, the billions spent on hurricane relief were a complete waste of taxpayer dollars, because the city — which was responsible for the first disaster, NOT the federal government! — spent most of that money in graft and construction fraud, and what has gone up as a “defense” against another Katrina is no better than what it replaced.

Keep in mind that Katrina was only a Category 3 hurricane — Florida and South Carolina have not sustained as much damage from Category 5 hurricanes as New Orleans did from Katrina. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that if you live in a hurricane-prone area, you leave a buffer zone between the shoreline and any buildings, but that didn’t happen in New Orleans.

Oh, and New Orleans is built mostly below sea level — I gotta ask myself, WHAT WERE THESE PEOPLE THINKING?!?!?!

Thanks to Woolfolk3!


About turtlemom3

Early 70’s Orthodox Christian, wife, mother, grandmother, nurse with PhD, disabled. Have wonderful service dog - Warrior! Married to the Ol’ Curmudgeon - and I’m pretty doggone happy about that! Interests: Orthodox Christianity; reading; service dogs; computers, woodworking Greatest Life Experiences: Converting to Orthodoxy, Caving in Idaho, Attending Russian Orthodox Choir Conference (Oh! that music!). Favorite Things Back in High School: Reading; classical music - nerdy things. Favorite Things Back in College: Reading; classical music - nerdy things Favorite Things to do Now: Reading; classical music, computer stuff, surfing the internet - nerdy things - no real change! Favorite TV Programs: Anything about Sci-fi or forensics - or both? Favorite Movies: The Chosen; Ostrov; 84 Charing Cross Rd; Air Force One; Becket; Indiana Jones; Star Wars; Favorite Music: Russian Orthodox (Christian) chant; Bach; Mozart's Magic Flute Favorite Quote: The body is a slave, the soul a sovereign, and therefore it is due to Divine mercy when the body is worn out by illness: for thereby the passions are weakened, and a man comes to himself; indeed, bodily illness itself is sometimes caused by the passions.”~*~ St. Seraphim of Sarov, Spiritual Instructions Favorite Authors: Robert Heinlein; Mercedes Lackey; Anne MacCaffrey, Fr. Steven Ritter, Sarah Elizabeth Cowrie, St. Nikolai Velimirovic - among many others

2 responses »

  1. I was with you until the whole:

    “and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.”

    “And I still have to press “1″ for English.”

    I mean eeewwwww. Why did you have to ruin a perfectly good and valid rant with xenophobia and sexism? Some things about the last 100 years were good and should have been held onto better. Racist attitudes towards the diversity of our nation and glorifying sexist gender roles are not on my list.

    Now I question the validity of anything in this text. Too bad…you had some good points.

  2. Hi Rebekah – For the most part, The Funnies Etc is simply a place to post the funnies, silliies or rants I receive in my e-mail accounts. They do not necessarily reflect my opinion, nor are they necessarily accurate commentary on our politics or way of life.
    As far as “mom stayed home,” I grew up in those days, and it made a tremendous difference in the children and in local community attitudes. In those days, if we misbehaved “up the street,” and were “caught” by one of the mothers, we received a mild spanking and were sent home. As we were going home, that Mom would get on the phone to our own Mom – and we got another spanking – could have been milder or less mild depending on the offense. You see, community core values were upheld in the neighborhoods. We were warned away from homes where questionable people lived, and we had more freedom of movement because there were Moms at home – each of them watched out not only for their kids, but the rest of the kids in the neighborhood – making the neighborhood safer.
    I worked and my children were in daycare. I hated that. I loved my career, but I hated that my children were being raised with less freedom of movement than I had, and that I couldn’t spend as much time with them as I wanted to – and in my estimation, needed to.
    I’ve become very much less of a feminist – I believe the feminist movement left its original agenda and has wandered far off track. Now, instead of denigrating mothers for working, they denigrate women who stay home for her children.
    I’m reading More Spirited Than Lions now. Interesting read. I recommend it.

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