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The Broken Calculator

Posted by Rob Longenecker on December 4th, 2007

This is too true to be very funny. (Author unknown)

     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
     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??

One Response to “The Broken Calculator”

  1. Jim Benat Says:

    Giving money to a politician, especially a Lousiana politician, is like give a bank robber the key to the front door of the bank and the combination to the safe.
    A good example of how our poiliticians are looking out for us is their grand opt-out of the social security ponzi scheme.


    (This is worth reading. It is short and to the point.)
    Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions during election years.

    Our Senators and Congresswomen do not pay into Social Security
    and, of course, they do not collect from it.

    You see, Social Security benefits were not suitable for persons of
    their rare elevation in society. They felt they should have a special
    plan for themselves. So, many years ago they voted in their own benefit plan.

    In more recent years, no congressperson has felt the need to change it.
    After all, it is a great plan.

    For all practical purposes their plan works like this:

    When they retire, they continue to draw the same pay until they die.
    Except it may increase from time to time for cost of living adjustments..

    For example, Senator Byrd and Congressman White and their wives may
    expect to draw $7,800,000.00 (that’s Seven Million, Eight-Hundred Thousand
    Dollars), with their wives drawing $275, 000.00 during the last years of their lives.

    This is calculated on an average life span for each of those two Dignitaries.

    Younger Dignitaries who retire at an early age, will receive much more
    during the rest of their lives.

    Their cost for this excellent plan is $0.00. NADA..! ZILCH…

    This little perk they voted for themselves is free to them. You and I pick
    up the tab for this plan. The funds for this fine retirement plan come
    directly from the General Funds; “OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK”!

    From our own Social Security Plan, which you and I pay (or have paid) into,
    every payday until we retire (which amount is matched by our employer). We
    can expect to get an average of $1,000 per month after retirement.

    Or, in other words, we would have to collect our average of $1,000 monthly
    benefits for 68 years and one (1) month to equal Senator Bill Bradley’s benefits!

    Social Security could be very good if only one small change were made.

    That change would be to: Jerk the Golden Fleece Retirement Plan from
    under the Senators and Congressmen. Put them into the Social Security
    plan with the rest of us . Then sit back…..

    And see how fast they would fix it.

    If enough people receive this, maybe a seed of awareness will be planted
    and maybe good changes will evolve.

    Effective Jan 1, 2008 there is another change, we past 70 already pay tax on our SS benefits, and are charged Medicare Part B $90.40 ” New for 2008 – Plus $64.50 for the income-related monthly adjustment amount based on your 2006 income tax return.”

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