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From Bill Murphy of LeMetropolecafe.com



"The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' casually, think about whether you want the politician 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 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 earth.

"A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government spends it."


Now that's food for thought!!!


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That's food for thought alright... and I'm still chewing on it.
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Billion??..what about a Brazillion!

Donald Rumsfeld is giving the president his daily briefing. He concludes by saying:
"Yesterday, 3 Brazilian soldiers were killed in an accident'


"OH DEAR GOD NO!!!" George W. Bush exclaims. "That's terrible!!"

His staff sits stunned at this display of emotion, nervously watching as the president sits, head in hands. Finally, the President, devastated,
looks up and asks..........

"How many is a Brazillion??!"

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"A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government spends it."[/size][/font]

Now that's food for thought!!!
As I'm working on my taxes I take a break and read this! What a bummer...

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As the late Senator Everette Dirksen of Illinois said, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking real money!"

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"A billion seconds ago it was 1959."
This must have been a really old article. I just worked it out, and a billion seconds ago would have been 1974, not 1959.

Still impressive though.

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