The next time you hear a politician use the word, billion, in a casual manner, think. A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into perspective.
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 the earth on two feet.
A billion dollars ago was only eight hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending.
Building Permit Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Drivers License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Hunting License Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax (after 65, too)
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Usage Tax (truckers)
Service Charge Tax
Social Security 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
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
And to think, we left British Rule over taxes.
Not one of these taxes existed a little more than 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world. We had no national debt, and we had the largest middle class in the world.
And still I must press ‘1’ for English.
This was a tax-free gift from my friend, Mel, a retired cop.