What's in a billion >

This is too true to be funny.
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 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 on the earth on two feet.

A billion Pounds ago was only 13 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

Stamp Duty
Tobacco Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Income Tax

Council Tax
Unemployment Tax
Fishing License Tax
Petrol/Diesel Tax
Inheritance Tax
(tax on top of tax)
Alcohol Tax
Marriage License Tax
Property Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago and our nation was one of the most prosperous in the world.

We had absolutely no national debt.
We had the largest middle class in the world. Mum stayed home to raise the kids, Dad was allowed to discipline kids,

a criminal`s life was uncomfortable.

What the hell happened?

‘Political Correctness’, Politicians or both?

I hope this goes around the UK
at least 100 times**.**

Yes but 100 years ago your life span was much less; there were no cars; no aircraft; no electricity. These are all matters that come under the banner of progress. 100 years ago if you got MS you probably died.

There is a way out of this financial mess. The first thing short term to get growth is Billy Bragg’s idea. We have just seen our wonderful chancellor order the Bank of England to make another 75 billion pounds in an exercise called Quantitative Easing.

In there infinite wisdom they are going to give it to the banks; the ones who caused this mess in the first place.

No; no; no; give every person over the age of 16 £1000 each; cost around 30 billion. The rest can be given to banks to squander. People who then have the money to spend creating growth.

For long term impose a 0.05% tax (a Robin Hood tax) on every transaction made in the FT. This would make in excess of 20 billion per year.

Matter solved inside months; will they do it? Not a chance in hell.