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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 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 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 the Neoliberal’s war which began on March 20th of 2003, and calculate its costs. As of May of 08, 62 months later we have spent an estimated (by Nobel Laureate Economists Joseph Stiglitz) it comes to $3.094 trillion, or $49.9 billion per month (from his latest book “The Three Trillion Dollar War). That is enough to have a Canadian style universal health coverage (which is much, much better than our corporate press portrays). It is enough to provide our seniors enough social security benefits so that they could live modestly. And it is enough assure affordable higher education, like we had in the 60s.

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax TelephoneState and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax


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

We had absolutely no national debt...
We had the largest middle class in the world... and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

However, the masses lived in city slums, and country shacks. They worked 14 hours days in mines and factories, and were paid just enough to cover basic needs. Tenant farmers did no better. Child labor, horridness working conditions, polluted air and streams were the norm. There were no national product safety laws, work place laws, pension laws.

The issue isn’t our taxes, but what we get back. We work over 5 months a year to pay those taxes, but we sure as hell don’t get 2 months worth of benefits we can use—and I don’t consider a benefit our military expenditures, which are greater than that of all the other nations of this planet combined.

The neoliberals have double our national debt, thus making interest payments the second biggest discretionary item—after the military—in our budget. They have caused oil to go from $35 dollar per barrel to $135 (8/08) per barrel. They have allowed our corporations to avoid taxes by moving off shore, and have reduced the tax rate for the oil companies. And our dollar has fallen over 40% against the Euro and Yen since we elected them. At least under Clinton our dollar was strong—not much else good to say about the Democrats.

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