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    ABW Ambassador Bob Lawrence's Avatar
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    Interesting 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
    gets $2,066,012.

    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
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Federal Income Tax
    Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
    Fish ing 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.

    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 ?????????????

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    Super Dawg Member Phil Kaufman aka AffiliateHound's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobs-pcmall.com
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    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 ?????????????
    Here's a partial list of where some those tax dollars have gone in the past century (regarding Federal Government spending):

    WWI
    WWII
    Korean War
    Viet Nam War
    Cold War
    Reagan's Grenada War
    Desert Storm
    Bush's Iraq War
    Military-Industrial Complex
    Insurance-Medical Complex
    Inter-Continental Highway System
    Space Exploration
    Farm Subsidies
    Foreign Aid
    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.
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    Super Dawg Member Phil Kaufman aka AffiliateHound's Avatar
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    Modern 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.
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    Okay, this is getting into controversial and divisive politics, so it's getting closed.
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