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« on: October 24, 2006, 11:45:19 PM »

My sister-in-law sent this to me;

WHAT IS A BILLION?Huh??
Here is something to tax your Grey Cells!!!
What 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'samazing 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.

Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??

SEE TAX STRUCTURE BELOW.  This is too true to be very funny

Tax his land, Tax his wage, Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor, Tax his mule, Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow, Tax his goat, Tax his pants, Tax his coat.
Tax his ties, Tax his shirts, Tax his work, Tax his dirt.
Tax his tobacco, Tax his drink, Tax him if he tries to think.
Tax his booze, Tax his beers, If he cries, Tax his tears.
Tax his bills, Tax his gas, Tax his notes, Tax his cash.
Tax him good and let him know, that after taxes, he has no dough.
If he hollers, Tax him more, Tax him until he's good and sore.
Tax his coffin, Tax his grave, Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb, "Taxes drove me to my doom!"
And when he's gone, We won't relax, We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

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
Recreational Vehicle Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Sales Taxes, 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

COMMENTS: Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and there was
prosperity, absolutely no national debt, the largest middle class in the
world and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
 
What the heck happened?Huh?
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2006, 01:13:52 AM »

What happened:

WWII.  At the end of it the country was in such deep debt that it would take decades to pay off the war debt.  So congress began initiating taxes to more rapidly pay of the debts.  The taxes slowed down the economic growth so more taxes were enacted to compensate.  The newst taxes made it harder for the family to exist on what Dad made so Mom sent to work to help out.  The increase in the tax laod from Mom's working meant she had to now work full time instead of part time.  The Vietnam with a repeat of the above senario.  Once the tax rate rose above 20% (for all taxes) the only way to keep up was to begin raising the minimum wage (which is really a tax increase in disguise.  

Once a tax is initiated it hardly ever goes away, it gets renewed, sometimes for a different purpose than for what it was originally enacted but it stays and more are added.  At best all we can expect is a tax cutback.

As long as we have only 2 policital parties in this country we will have the choice of taxes or more taxes.  A third or even a fourth policitial party would make it harder for politicians to reaise taxes as it will be harder to gain concenus.  More major political parties will actually slow down legislation (meaning tax increases) and make thier enactment more just and equitable.

If the Democrates win in November (the party of taxes) we can expect all of Bush's tax cuts to be done away with which means more taxes.  A tax increase will slow down our economy recreating the need for more taxes.  Just as Clinton's tax increase was killing the economy at the close of his adminstration so we go again.  the only thing that saved us from a prolonged depression was Bush's tax role backs.  

Those who believe that government should take care of all our problems will never unerstand that properity is the best way of raising taxes because the increased revenue comes from increased production, which makes the economy stronger rather than stressed from over taxation.
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« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2006, 10:23:43 AM »

In his reference to the state of the State and politics:
"Nobel awards completely disreguard the psychic and spritual welfare of man. A prize should be given to people who successfully supress the outburst of political madness...or who produce great ideas enlarging on the mental and spiritual horizon of man"
"For every manifest case of insanity there are, in my estimation, at least ten latent cases who seldom get to the point of breaking out openly but whose views and behavior, for all their appearances of normality, are unconciously influenced by pathological and  perverse factors."
"The bigger the crowd the more negligible the individual becomes. But if the individual, overwhelmed by the sense of his own puniness and impotence, should feel that his life has lost it's meaning--which after all, is not identical with public welfare and higher standards of living--then he is already on the road to State slavery and, without knowing or wanting it, has become it's proselyte."
"The State in particular is turned into a quasi-animate personality from whom everything is expected. In reality it is only a camouflage for those individualswho know how to manipulate it. Thus the State drifts into the situation ofa primitive form of society--the communism of a primitive tribe where everybody is subject to the autocratic rule of a chief or an oligarchy"

so they say play the game.  the list of taxes alone is enough for my brain right now, not to mention comprehension of a billion spent on "unconciously influenced by pathological and  perverse factors", why do we just give money to our own slavery clause?
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« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006, 10:31:27 AM »

For reasons mentioned by Brian (Golden Member), I play the game by not voting for either in the two-party system. I'm voting Green
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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006, 01:12:20 PM »

Shucks, and here I thought a billion was one of those square things you put in soup to make it salty!!
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« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2006, 02:36:39 PM »

Nope! A billion is a number. This happens to be a number that is larger than the number that preceeded it but not as big as the number that follows it.
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2006, 11:09:54 AM »

i'd just be really happy if someone could define "living wage"!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2006, 11:23:58 AM »

Quote from: kathyp
i'd just be really happy if someone could define "living wage"!


A wage that is not dead.  shocked

http://www.answers.com/living+wage&r=67

living wage
n.

A wage sufficient to provide minimally satisfactory living conditions. Also called minimum wage.

The noun living wage has one meaning:

Meaning #1: a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2006, 05:34:28 PM »

i'm not really in favor of taxes but government spending helps to drive the economy which enables everyone to have a job so that they can pay taxes and have a living wage.

2-6 billion will build a fence to supposedly keep mexicans out of our country.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2006, 06:36:32 PM »

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i wonder how many cars, big screens, and big macs, one needs to subsist comfortably.  

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i'm not really in favor of taxes but government spending helps to drive the economy which enables everyone to have a job so that they can pay taxes and have a living wage.


consumer spending drives the economy and lower taxes = more money in the consumers pocket.  government spending used to solve basic economic and social problems is called socialism.  a good many countries have gone to great lengths to prove that socialism doesn't work.  we thank them.
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