The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner as if discussing "chump change", think about whether you want such politicians spending YOUR tax money or in any position to take even more of your 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 it's 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 ONE HOUR ago at the rate Congress has been spending OUR tax money in Obama's first year in office. Four years ago, one billion dollars was 8 hours and 20 minutes ago -which was already appalling. That change in the rate of spending has our lenders extremely worried with China, who owns much of our debt, lecturing our government about its nonstop irresponsible spending. Let's take a look at the numbers bandied about by just one politician. Simple division might put it in better perspective. Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) wanted 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Makes you wonder how she came up with that dollar amount -because if you were one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans, that would have amounted to $516, 528 for every man, woman and child. Or if you had one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans -that would be $1,329,787 for every home. Or if you were a family of four, it would have been $2,066,012. The fact her request was more than 3 times the estimated losses in New Orleans means Landrieu believed it was proper for those in New Orleans not just to be made whole again, but to ENRICH themselves 3 times over their losses. At the expense of the rest of us of course. Or maybe she figured by the time one of the three most corrupt political machines in the country had all taken their cut, New Orleans residents would end up with ten cents on the dollar and end up just building some more defective levees again. HELLO! Are all our calculators broken?? Building Permit Tax CDL License Tax Cigarette 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 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 T ax Vehicle Sales Tax Watercraft Registration Tax Well Permit Tax Workers Compensation Tax And to think, our ancestors chose violent revolution in order to get out from under the tax burden imposed by the British government. Even the Cleveland Clinic has a tax of $55.00 to see one of their doctors. It isn't covered by health insurance and separate from any co-pays. 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 and the largest middle class in the world. What do you think happened? Can we spell POLITICIANS? Politicians intent on parting you from as much of your money as possible so they can PRETEND they are doing you a favor by doling a bit of it out back to you. Can we spell SUCKERS?