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AP Kicks Off Campaign To Raise Taxes

From a suddenly fiscally concerned Associated Press:

A trillion dollars taxes the mind and the taxpayer

By Jim Abrams, Associated Press Writer Tue Jan 26

WASHINGTON – Thinking of counting to a trillion one second per number? Better get started. It will take 31,688 years.

And tack on a few more years if you want to go for 1.35 trillion, the dollar estimate for the federal deficit in the current budget year.

The whole sum could be taken care of if every American, all 300 million of them, forked over $4,500.

Back in 1981, President Ronald Reagan, characterizing the national debt as it approached $1 trillion, commented that "a trillion dollars would be a stack of $1,000 bills 67 miles high." The debt, the accumulation of annual deficits, now stands at more than $12 trillion.

Put another way, the $1.35 trillion could pay for 40,000 players like Alex Rodriguez, whose $33 million salary in 2009 made him baseball’s richest man.

Or think the $6.25 billion paid out by Goldman Sachs in salaries and bonuses in 2009 was a lot of money? The federal deficit could support the payroll of 216 such financial firms.

A trip around the world at the equator is about 25,000 miles. So 1.35 trillion miles would be a dizzying 54 million circuits around the globe.

A trillion is one followed by 12 zeros.

The Washington Monument, overlooking the deficit debate in the Capitol, stands about 555 feet tall. Stacked end to end, it would take more than 2.4 billion monuments to reach 1.35 trillion feet. That’s well more than double the distance from the Earth to the sun.

Being sat on by a 10,000-pound bull elephant would not be pleasant. What about if 135 million pachyderms were piled up?

The Earth has been around for about 4.5 billion years. A long time until you consider that 1.35 trillion years equals 300 Earth lives. Looking at more modern history, 1.35 trillion seconds would take us back more than 40,000 years, when Neanderthals were using stones to make tools.

Funny how we never heard much about such things from our watchdog media until just before Mr. Obama’s State Of The Union address, wherein he is going to stress the need to lower the deficit.

This is just the AP’s subtle way of kicking off its propaganda campaign for raising our taxes still more. (Notice how they subtly managed to work in the word ‘taxes’ twice in their headline.)

Soon we will be seeing manipulated polls with headlines like: “Americans Demand Higher Taxes.”

This is always how our media works.

No agenda, no story.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “AP Kicks Off Campaign To Raise Taxes”

  1. proreason

    We have a tapeworm in our stomachs.

    It has to be cut out.

  2. MinnesotaRush

    Well may they have said: “So now dear dumb readers, now that we may have helped you grasp the significance and size of (just) the deficit .. say nothing about the national debt (which by the way is a whole bunch more elephants) .. aren’t you just dying to send your “contributions” in to help do your share? Aren’t you so glad, too, that were going to tax the daylights out of those rich bast_rds so that they carry their fair share finally, too?”

    Good grief!


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