Skip to comments.New Orleans rebuilding request...something to think about
Posted on 08/23/2006 7:45:37 AM PDT by econjack
America : How Much is a Billion?
A Billion!!!!! Here's some thought provoking information -
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 days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet... 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) 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.
Please send me just a half a billion. OK, I would settle for 2.37 million but no less. Any less and I would feel repressed.
I'd happily take $100,000 and feel "repressed." (sic)
A couple of hundred bucks and a bottle of MD 20/20 would make a lot of folks really happy.
Hey, that $100,000 is just what's in my SS account 'lock box.' Just give that to me next year when I turn 62 and forget about my monthly checks. I'll just consider it a 40yr interest-free loan to the Gov't.
Investing in that sewerhole of a former city is a total waste of money. It is like bailing out the ocean with a bucket. Just relocate all the people at considerably less cost and let the sea reclaim that place. The environmental wackos would love to start the restoration of the delta right there at NOLA. It was a rathole before Katrina hit.
Gimme, gimme more free money, whine, whine and more whine......
We don't want to "cut and run" in Iraq, why are we so ready to "cut and run" in NOLA? Federal government built the levees to CAT 3 levels, and a CATT 3 storm destroyed them. Now they need to fix what they broke.
Somehow I doubt that the amounts mentioned are going to be invested in NO. Now, the pockets of NO and LA politicians and insiders is another matter entirely.
Gonna need a bigger freezer
Your argument supports the absurdity of living below sea level in the first place, not why we should compound the error through repetition.
Federal government built the levees to CAT 3 levels,
Sure we could move all the people out of southern Louisiana. That would definately fix the problem. Moving all the jews in Israel to Wisconsin or Montana would also fix the mid-east crisis. And attaching wings to frogs would prevent their asses from hitting the ground when they jumped. And placing everyone with HIV on the moon would cure the AIDS crisis.
Other countries are able to protect their cities from water, we can do it too.
"How you like the heat up in the DFW area?... I was up there this past weekend and it is oppressive even if it is dry heat."
To me, after it hits 100 degrees it doesn't matter if it's a dry heat or not LOL
It's really nice here though. I think the heat starts to calm down by mid September or so. I remember thinking "wow this weather is awesome" when I first got here after katrina last year. It was in the low 90s with low humidity, which isn't bad at all to me.
I want some of that money.