Sunday, December 09, 2007

Sunday School @ TSF: How much is a billion?

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.

No matter which of God's special creatures you are, don't do drugs. Users are losers, stay in school.


doctorj2u said...

Would you like a little reality in your world? That was Mary Landrieu and David Vitter that came up with that sum and it never even got to a vote before it was shot down. And as of last week Louisiana finally received enough federal money to equal per capita what Mississipi received in December 2005. You see, when your world is destroyed it MATTERS if you have seniority in Congress and it MATTERS if you are of the same party. Is this the country you want because this is the country we live in. So complain away about the meaning of a billion and think of the billions of seconds the American citizens had to wait to have the money to rebuild their homes.

king friday said...

I'd be that crack spider's bitch. he was hot.

Tom Sherman said...


I wasnt complaining and I am certainly not opposed to helping out the people of Louisiana.

That piece was fwd's to me and i posted it because I thought it was an interesting framing of what a billion dollars is.

What struck me as amazing is 1. How much money that realy is. and 2. If it was allocated the way it would be spent would not feel as if it had impacted each resident equal to the $516,528 amount quoted.

I think it's shameful how slow the response has been in this situation.