What’s a Few Billion Among Friends?

Maybe it’s just me but…

Saying the word BILLION can be fun.  Try it.

First of all… let’s all say it together…  BILLION… now spell it

B. I. L. L. I.O.N.


Now take the time to say Billion…900 times. That should take you about 15 minutes to do.

Now try and count to a billion…

Counting non-stop, at one number a second (not humanly possible, but if you could)…it would  take you 31 years, 251 days, 7 hours, 46 minutes. and 39 seconds to count to one billion.

Multiply that by 900 to count to 900,000,000,000 and it would take you…

28,542 years, 240 days, 18 hours and 25 minutes. (Give or take a few seconds)

Now THAT would be great fun if we had the time but… there is nothing funny about Congress wanting to spend close to $900 Billion or more to bail out Lending Institutions, Wall Street and the US Automotive makers…all masked as a “stimulus” package.

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 it’s 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.

E.  A billion dollars ago is only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate
our government is spending it.

So..the next time you hear anyone use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about the impact of the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money by bailing out every organization known to man.

Where does this end? Will this be our future?


It’s a cynical world we live in today… everybody wants theirs.

The whole issue of $900 Billion should upset all Americans… but today I found myself not being upset at the condition of our economy or any of the problems of we face today.  The only thing that really pissed me off was that I had to press ‘1’ for English.  I am ashamed.

$900 Billion…a Trillion or whatever it ends up being… all of this is happened under our watch…we all are responsible.  This is not about Democrats vs. Republicans or even Conservatism vs. Liberalism.  We as AMERICANS are to blame.  We should really be pissed at ourselves.  We allowed our politicians to do our own thinking for us and we will pay the price for not doing something about holding them accountable.  More importantly…why didn’t we hold ourselves accountable?  Why do we think someone should always “bail” us out?  Our borders are not safe, we have a serious illegal alien problem, our educational system is broke, Health care costs are out of control, unemployment is at 8% …need I go on?  I am afraid that we all are going to have to swallow a jagged little pill and deal with the consequences for quite a while before it gets better. The payment and the debt is past due and payday is LONG way off.  We cannot put a check in the mail and hope it clears the bank…it’s time to reap what we have sown. I hope I am wrong…but I don’t think so.

I have tried to sit down and rationalize the whole issue. Maybe I am taking this way to seriously…I mean what’s a few BILLION dollars among friends…right?  Spread the wealth, they say, take some from them (but not me)…send some here and drop some there…just don’t look like you’re enjoying it cause there would be political implications.  And most of all, for the love of God, don’t let anyone know you are doing it to pay off what you owe to them for their vote.

But then again, maybe it’s just me…


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