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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

How much is a billion?

President Obama, TAXES, THE ECONOMY

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w 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 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

8 hours and 20 minutes,

at the rate our government

is spending it.

 

 

 

And while this thought is still fresh in our brains...

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?

 

Well.... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of  New Orleans   

(every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.

 

Or... if you have one of the 188,251 homes in

New Orleans  , your home gets $1,329,787..

 

Or... if you are a family of four...

your family gets $2,066,012.

 

 

 

HELLO Washington, D. C!

Are all your calculators broken?

 

Building Permit Tax

CDL License Tax

Cigarette Tax

Corporate Income Tax

Dog License Tax

Federal Income Tax (Fed)

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 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

 

 

Remember, in 1776 we left British Rule to avoid so many taxes!

 

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.

 

And now I have to press '1'  for English.

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