Friday, January 22, 2010

Do you realise how much a billion is??see comments

Borrowing hits record £15.7 billion

The UK's creaking public finances took another hit in December as public borrowing soared to £15.7 billion, official figures have shown.

Posted by waitingtobuy @ 03:33 PM (1652 views)
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28 thoughts on “Do you realise how much a billion is??see comments

  • How many zeros 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 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 Pounds ago was only
    13 hours and 12 minutes,
    At the rate our government
    Is spending it.

    Building Permit Tax
    Cigarette Tax
    Corporate Income Tax
    Dog License Tax
    Income Tax
    Unemployment Tax
    Fishing License Tax
    Food License Tax
    Fuel Permit Tax
    Petrol/Diesel Tax
    Hunting License Tax
    Inheritance Tax
    Inventory Tax
    (tax on top of tax)
    Liquor Tax
    Luxury Tax
    Marriage License Tax
    Property Tax
    Real Estate Tax
    Service charge taxes
    Social Security Tax
    Road Usage Tax
    Local Tax
    Vehicle License Registration Tax
    Vehicle Sales Tax
    Workers Compensation Tax

    STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?

    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…
    And Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

    What happened?
    Can you spell ‘politicians!’

    I hope this goes around the
    UK
    At least 100 times
    What the hell happened?????

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  • As shocking as the figures are, what I find even more shocking is how oblivious Gordon Brown seems to be of the mess he has made.

    Like the typical spoilt child, he prefers to see the toy broken than given to anyone else.

    A vandal of the very highest degree, the true scale of the mess made by Gordon Brown, will only become apparent after the GE.

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  • @waitingtobuy – oddly enough I posted this earlier (Friday, January 22, 2010 03:29PM) in the comments section of techie’s Daneric post. I believe this has come from/is aimed at the US but in any event it still puts into perspective the knife edge position the UK finds itself in under Mr Browns stewardship as both Chancellor and PM.

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  • Hmmm googling “Fishing License Tax” seems to only bring up this list on other forums.

    I think there are plenty of arguments to be made without regurgitating hyperbole of chain emails.

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  • Brown’s not oblivious – he knows exactly what he’s doing. Roll on the May election.

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  • alan_540 said…Brown’s not oblivious – he knows exactly what he’s doing. Roll on the May election. He’ll be stumped when we all vote him back in – that will teach him to take the electorate for granted

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  • If the Brown one gets back in I will buy a hat, wear it, and then take it off and publicly eat it.

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  • If the Brown one gets back in I will buy a hat, wear it, and then take it off and publicly eat it.

    I’ll be leaving the UK.

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  • 7. hpwatcher – if your allowed

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  • I take it that the general view on this site is that we should have left everything to fail,
    found “ground zero” and started a fresh.

    This may have rewarded the “clever” ones and may have provided rich pickings for these.
    Or has the government been correct in their management; store up debt until better times
    exist in order to pay it off, thus providing a safety net for many many families who might
    otherwise have been yet more of a burden on this country.

    I’m beginning to think that Gordon and Alistair may have got it just about spot on!

    The next couple of months will be telling, but come the barmy nights of late summer, we may be
    saluting these chaps as the saviours on high. And the “clever ones” being not so clever after all!

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  • And I doubt that those who stamp their feet, chuck thier dummies out and threaten to leave (and there are many), have no
    balls to do so, far easier to pull the curtains and type of their frustrations into the night.

    Get real and get on with it.

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  • Smugdog @9

    One big flaw to your theory:

    Savers and those who have been prudent are being well and truly shaft*d in order to dig the profligate out of the brown stuff.

    I think that I am correct in saying that savers outnumber borrowers several times over, therefore the majority are being robbed in order to support the minority. Where’s the justice in that? But then Liebor (the supposed party of equality) doesn’t give a sh*t about the prudent.

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  • smugdog – a lot of people and businesses are packing up and leaving the UK – there are service providers who offer bespoke exit strategies one of which (purely as an example) is @ offshore-iom.com/index1.htm (currently no shortage of work for these boy’s)

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  • Savers who sold at the “so called” top, rubbing their mitts, waiting for Armageddon?
    I have no sympathy what so ever. They gambled, they lost, move on.

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  • Jack C, look around your immediate circle of friends, family and colleagues. Who has left these shores for good?

    Not many I bet. We read too much into the fantasy world of the fantastic few and extremely rich.

    We live in real Britain, with real, helpless, pigeon holed British folk. Get used to it, it’s your life,
    you’ve earned it and will continue to pay for it.

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  • 2. hpwatcher said…

    As shocking as the figures are, what I find even more shocking is how oblivious Gordon Brown seems to be of the mess he has made.

    Like the typical spoilt child, he prefers to see the toy broken than given to anyone else.

    A vandal of the very highest degree, the true scale of the mess made by Gordon Brown, will only become apparent after the GE.

    All Broons fault,…..it’s not fair

    Change the record.

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  • All Broons fault,…..it’s not fair

    Change the record.

    You are completely underestimating the talents of Gordon Brown.

    But we don’t have to argue about it – as much as you’d like to – let’s just wait and see what happens after the election. When the real cost of nu labour becomes clear.

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  • I think most know it was The Federal Reserve and The White House that got this crashball rolling. However, the weak and desperate for adulation Brown should have resisted. Why did he not? The same can be said of Blair and his follies.

    Contrary to the above, I have never been a fan of Globalism, which is now being pushed as the magic solution with all it’s very questionable policies. Does it ever end, if so where? Feudalism? ………sorry!!

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  • You are completely underestimating the talents of Gordon Brown.
    And you are completely underestimating the inevitability of the current crisis.
    It was brought about by 30 years of kow-tow to the disciples of Laissez-faire, and Tory rule (instead of Labour) would have been no different.
    We all know of the Conservative hatred of ‘Red Tape’……do you imagine for one moment they would have regulated the Casino of London any more tightly?
    Now try and make a contribution that doesn’t depent on myopic and childishly partisan rant.

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  • 1. waitingtobuy said,

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

    Ask the Rothchilds who financed the Womens Lib movement for some of the answers. (not a lot of people know that)

    Double Bubble, Tax and Trouble.

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  • 1. waitingtobuy ..Opps, It was the ‘Rockefeller Foundation’ not the Rothchilds that funded the Women’s Liberation Movement.

    Easy mistake!

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  • “thus providing a safety net for many many families who might otherwise have been yet more of a burden on this country”
    — I’m not one for saving over-spent families – let them fail too. If the government stopped showing everyone that it’s willing to save the stupid, reckless and lazy, perhaps they would learn to take care.

    “And I doubt that those who stamp their feet, chuck thier dummies out and threaten to leave (and there are many), have no
    balls to do so, far easier to pull the curtains and type of their frustrations into the night.
    Get real and get on with it.”
    — Doubt not, been flip-flopping since April.

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  • And you are completely underestimating the inevitability of the current crisis.
    No I’m not.

    We all know of the Conservative hatred of ‘Red Tape’……do you imagine for one moment they would have regulated the Casino of London any more tightly?
    So why did the most regulated industry in the world – Banking – fail so badly?

    Now try and make a contribution that doesn’t depent on myopic and childishly partisan rant.
    Why not? The perfect balance to your incomprehensible class war rubbish.

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  • Each stupid, reckless and lazy inbred has the same vote as the wise and wonderful,
    and Gordon knows that.

    I too couldn’t give a hoot Oh Rumble, but Gordon feels his luck is about to turn for the good.

    What then?

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  • and still you guys think party politics matters

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  • vacuouspolitician says:

    lol “curtain twitchers” “rubbing their mitts waiting for Armageddon”. Think you may have many people on this site sussed. lol
    Their is also a distinct intolerance of a broad range of people bordering on rudeness at times… a distinct whiff of elitism… mass schadenfreude and the feeling that people are so poisoned/consumed with hatred they take themselves far too seriously.
    Well done.

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  • 19. hpwatcher said…

    .Now try and make a contribution that doesn’t depent on myopic and childishly partisan rant.
    Why not? The perfect balance to your incomprehensible class war rubbish.

    Where do you get the ‘class war’ stuff from?

    Is the circus on close-season, Coco?

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  • 21. devo said…

    and still you guys think party politics matters

    Not me ….I .was, in effect, just countering Coco’s sad attempt at party a political broadcast in the interest of balance,

    Read my post again, in that light

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