Wednesday, October 22, 2008

What The Heck Happened...?

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 it's 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.

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 Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans . Interesting number... what does it mean?

A. Well... if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and 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??

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 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


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.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians?'

And I still have to press '1' for English !

Man, this is too much like work! I think that I'm ready for a fresh cup of coffee...want to join me?


Lydia said...

Wow, Jim! Makes me feel almost as old as Jesus.

Those are some sad statistics. It is definitely time for our government to be governed.

It really is amazing how many times our dollar gets taxed. No wonder it's nearly worthless.

Thanks for this post, you find the best stuff.

Yeah. Too much like work. Coffee sounds good to me.

HermitJim said...

Hey Lydia...right again about the taxation of the dollar. Now days the average working man just doesn't have a chance. Glad you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for stopping by...

js said...

Hey Jim? I think in one of my videos ( then click on movies by js) I said something like this:

The largest number of slaves on this planet is in this century, not in the 1800s, 1700s, or during the time of Egypt... but now.

And the slaves of old were fed, given shelter... were taken care of. Today's slave is a slave to the money system, to the boss, to 9 to 5 or worse. And today's slaves have to take care of THEIR OWN HOUSING and FOOD! It's far worse than it ever was before. Why don't people open up their eyes and see that? Hmmmm?

So your post about those taxes? Right on.

Thanks Jim.

Now go and play at my pixelads site in the FREE Zone ( ; all are welcome, be creative)

HermitJim said...

Hey John...thanks forthe visit. Seems like I remember the movie link to the video about slavery.

I'll have to check out your pixelads site. Thanks for the invite and for the visit...

Sheila said...


You are spot on about the problem with our taxes.

To JS:

I have to disagree about the slaves of today:

At least we can get out of slavery with a well planned out wealth building path. American slaves of the past had to run away in order to be free.

Today's slaves can frown at their bosses and make decisions to make a change in their lives. Slaves of the past were killed for having an opinion or showing intellect.

True, Slaves of the past were fed and sheltered, but with the quality of their lives, where they were not even considered human, the little bit of food and the shack they lived in was not worth it (not to mention the beatings and the rapes).

I, for one, am grateful for those who came before me and died so that I can truly know what the difference of being a "slave" today is in comparision to being a slave of the past where your body was not your own, your children were not your own, and you didn't have a chance in hell at a better life.

I know that I have a choice to work for someone else or do whatever it takes to get me where I want to be in life. I am not squandering my chance.

My two cents for today, hope everyone has a good one...

HermitJim said...

Hey Sheila...thanks for stopping by and sharing your comment with us.
We are indeed fortunate to be living in a time where we have some choices left to us. As one who is not content to live on a fixed income alone, I am always on the lookout for additional ways to make a little extra.
That was my original reason behind starting a I just do it because I'm addicted to it!

Thanks again for coming by!