Everett Dirksen said "A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon, you're talking real money." The Massive Brother Frank has been trying his hand at theoretical political math, and the following is his reckoning:
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
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress
for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans.
Interesting number, what does it mean?
Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man,
woman, child), you each get $516, 528.00
Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home
gets $1, 329,787.00
Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012
Apparently, ole Everett was right. At least now we may get free Mardi Gras WiFi for our $250 really large.