What is a Billion?
Here's something thought provoking - A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but the next time you hear a politician use the word "billion" in an off-hand way think about this....
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?
Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516, 528.
Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans, your home must have been worth $1,329,787 Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012.
Washington, D.C. !!!...........................Are all your calculators broken????
Thanks Richard Sutton for the information.
Note from Lucy: In my opinion they have already spent more money than they need to on New Orleans. The American public opened it's heart and donated millions. Where did that go? The government has already promised billions to the city. How much more do they need? Why would anyone rebuild a city below sea level? People can move to higher ground and make the old area a park. I don't mean to sound heartless, it's just common sense. All forms of government have botched the job already done. There are still trailers sitting around waiting for people to live in them and the storm was seven months ago. How long do they have to wait? Don't get me started!