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Oudtshoorn. 4 July 2012. 07h50. This snippet has been mailed about for some time and appeared in mi inbox again this morning. It’s worth the quick read and some reflection.
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 press releases.
A billion seconds ago it was 1959.
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion Rand ago was only 27 hours and 12 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.
Twenty years (630 million seconds) ago our nation was one of the most prosperous in Africa:
We had absolutely no national debt;
We had the largest middle class in Africa;
And mom stayed home to raise the kids.