what is a billion

Other day, I got my reevaluation from the county. My property with a double wide went from $93,000 to $156,000. They claim it was 8 years worth of reevaluation. Seems funny how I bought this house 3 years ago for $110,000. The County also claims that this is a street value appraisal that needs to be done once ever 8 years. The GA(?) is thinking of doing this state wide every 4 years vice 8 so the move is not so dramatic on people.

I am sorry, but my place is not worth $156,000 street value. Not for a double wide mobile home. Hell, the insurance companies do not want to insure my house much less at that rate.

Then I get this in the e-mail..

Very interesting comparisons....
I can't attest to the accuracy, but probably true..
All the best for 2008....

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)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),

I have gotten this one!

IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),

I almost got this one. This one was more then the original tax the IRS thought I owned. I owned $2000 or so, and the total value IRS wanted me to write a check for was $4800 or so.

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 ChargeTax,
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, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

Went to her website Could not find where she asked for $250 billion recently or at anytime.

Still that listing of the taxes and poem hit home today for me.

Just why do we need an inheritance tax anyways if the money stays in the family?


To paraphrase Sagan ...

A billion is precisely as far from infinity as is the number one.

1 Thessalonians 5:21: But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good.

I always wanted to be the avenging cowboy hero—that lone voice in the wilderness, fighting corruption and evil wherever I found it, and standing for freedom, truth and justice. - Bill Hicks

I seriously doubt the $250 Billion request

I saw the same e-mail. I seriously doubt that Landrieu asked for $250 Billion. I looked for it on Google and elsewhere, and could not find it. E-mails like this are known to simply make up stuff.

John Shaw

I think you have to pay a fee.

I suppose that's what they're referring to.

But I'd chalk this email up to Snopes. ;)

Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

I have seen many of these taxes and paid some of them

did not wish to get into the taxes themselfs, just showing the number of taxes out there.

I was just connecting the concept of taxes with my counties christmas present.