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December 9th, 2007, 07:25 PM #1Interesting arithmetic .... but also sad
Just received this email from our electrical engineer in WV.
This is too true to be very 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 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 New Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division . .
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking 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, 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
Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??
Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.
Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.
Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.
Tax him good and let him know, that after taxes, he has no dough.
If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
"Taxes drove me to my doom!"
And when he's gone,
We won't relax,
We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fish ing 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 Charge Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.
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, 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 ?????????????
December 9th, 2007, 08:23 PM #2Originally Posted by bobs-pcmall.com
Viet Nam War
Reagan's Grenada War
Bush's Iraq War
Inter-Continental Highway System
Damage from Hurricanes, Fires, and Floods
Foreign and Domestic Espionage
No-Bid Government Contracts
Government contracts in general
Redundant government "services"
Diplomatic Missions (US has close to 200 permanent foreign ambassadorships around the world - many of those countries didn't exist 100 years ago)
This just scratches the surface, and doesn't include state and local govenment spending. If I have time, I'll see about those lists later.
December 9th, 2007, 10:31 PM #3Modern government services, part 2
State and local governments are responsible to provide to citizens a variety of services and aid that either did not exist or was very different in form, substance, and cost, one hundred years ago. Among such items are the following:
Police protection that is more than a cop walking a beat. Police vehicles, SWAT equipment, forensic laboratories, robotic bomb examination and detonation equipment, and computerized criminal record, DNA and fingerprint databases are all necessities in today's society.
Justice and prison systems that can adjudicate and house the staggering numbers of citizens brought into the penal system. (The 2.2 million US prisoners incarcerated in 2006 represented more than 25% of the world's prison population)
Health benefits for persons unable to provide their own. This would include the significant percentage of citizens employed but without health insurance, and the unemployed. Need I say more concerning the obscene rise in health care costs that has occurred over the past 20 years, let alone the last 100 years.
Public Works projects, including roads, state and municipal buildings, airports, harbors, bridges, etc. Regarding construction costs, see above re medical costs.
Air and Water needs. The costs of air quality projects now made necessary by a century of polluters were not envisioned 100 years ago, as were not the increased costs and increased necessity of bringing pure, drinkable water to far off metropolitan areas.
In most localities, public health departments now strictly monitor restaurant and housing safety, to an extent and at a cost not known even 20 years ago.
this list could go on and on and on .....
Taxes are high and it is painful to pay them, but despite most people's feelings that there is a significant amount of waste in government spending, we do receive considerable benefit for our tax dollar.
December 10th, 2007, 12:11 AM #4
Okay, this is getting into controversial and divisive politics, so it's getting closed.
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