A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency recently put 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 human walked on the earth.
A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it!
A billion here and a billion there and soon you are talking about real money!
Think a billion dollars is a lot of money? Then how much is a trillion? (A thousand billion.)
Our national debt is measured in trillions, not billions. Although the current debt is said to be around 12 trillion dollars, the real national debt also includes unfunded liabilities–obligations the government has taken on, such as paying social security for retiring baby-boomers (money which, by the way, is added to our debt because Congress has pilfered what has already been paid into the system.) By conservative estimates our public debt, including unfunded liabilities, is over 75 trillion, and by some estimates it is over 95 trillion! But Congress is not worried about this debt because it is just passed on to future generations, most of whom have yet to be born.
Even if we followed the example of our irresponsible politicians and ignored unfunded liabilities, there is still no chance that our debt could ever be paid (See Is Inflation in Your Future?.) But one thing that our debt will certainly do, is guarantee that future Americans will live in poverty and be slaves to those who hold our debt–like China.
At one time China, like the USSR, was considered our enemy. If you went back to the 1950’s, during the height of the Cold War, and told people that this nation would be brought down by our enemies, they would have thought that you were talking about China or the USSR. They could not have imagined that the enemy who would ultimately bring this nation down would be our own elected officials!
So who is the real enemy? This nation will not begin to heal until we all march on Washington, pull all the criminals out of their plush offices, strip them of their millions of stolen booty, tar and feather them, and then run them out of Washington on a rail! Only then will there be liberty and justice for all!
It won’t end until we end it!
The New Louisiana Purchase
This is what some critics are calling the money promised to Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), for Medicaid for her constituents as a bribe to get her to support the Socialized Medicine bill. The original Louisiana purchase cost us much less (15 million compared to her 300 million), and for that money we got a chunk of land which nearly doubled the size of our nation! Money equal to 20 times the original LA Purchase is now casually handed out as a bribe just to get a politician to vote for socialism! (See “Tallying the Health Care Bill’s Giveaways“.)
Folks, it won’t end until we end it!
Ask the USSR how that socialism thing worked out for them! (Oh yeah, they are no longer around. Well, then ask the Cubans how it’s going for them.)