Real Estate Agent with QUEST REALTY SERVICES

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. 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), has asked the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans .  Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you could 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.

Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken?

Comments (9)

Brett Noel
Keller Williams - Paso Robles, CA
I was wondering, could you lend me a Billion just for a while :)  Good post
Dec 11, 2007 04:25 AM
Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


Talk about perspective...this sheds light onto the picture!!! Thanks,   Fran

Dec 11, 2007 04:25 AM
Joseph Ellman
Realty Executives- Williams-Sykes Realty - Poughkeepsie, NY
Interesting!!  Thanks for sharing this.
Dec 11, 2007 04:26 AM
R. B. "Bob" Mitchell - Loan Officer Raleigh/Durham
Bank of England (NMLS#418481) - Raleigh, NC
Bob Mitchell (NMLS#1046286)

I can't say that I'm familiar with the specific proposal that you mentioned, but if you've been to the Gulf Coast lately you'd know that there is something totally fuxked up going on.  

How can it be that in one of the wealthiest countries in the world that one of our great cities is left to rot?  I visited the Gulf Coast about a month ago and we didn't see much recovery other than the casino's and the Waffle Houses!

We need to stop worrying about rebuilding Baghdad and start worrying about rebuilding the Gulf Coast!


Bob Mitchell

ValueList Real Estate Services, Inc. 

Dec 11, 2007 04:28 AM
John Lockwood
Lockwood Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Sweet.  I feel like you've channeled Carl Sagan for me. :)
Dec 11, 2007 04:30 AM
Jabin Norris
CENTURY 21 Anne Arnold - Holden Beach, NC
Centurion 08null, Broker/Realtor, ABR, SRS, e-Pro
Now days you here them say that word like their name.
Dec 11, 2007 04:32 AM
Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
Bellevue, WA

Hi Orlando,

I tried to look this information up.   I know that it will be very expensive to do the "fix" so that there is not another flood--but this doesn't seem right.  If you have a bill number, will you please share it?  That is the only way we can take action by attacking a bill by its number.  Thank you.

Dec 11, 2007 04:42 AM
Elizabeth Nieves
The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group - Durham, NC
Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team
Armando:  Broken calculators is the least of their problems. Do they think we are stupid??? UNBELIEVABLE!!! Thanks (and I mean THANKS!!!!) for breaking this down for us. GBY!
Dec 11, 2007 06:19 AM
Armando Rodriguez
Orlando Homes 4 Sale, Real Estate Broker-GRI

Thank you all for your comments!

Leslie, I couldn't find the bill # either, sorry!

Dec 11, 2007 09:03 AM