A billion

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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. 

What  happened?

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3 thoughts on “A billion

  1. “we had absolutely no national debt” is a lie. The fact is that we had massive foreign debts and the securocrats said at the time they do not know where the money will come from to pay public servants. It is estimated that at the height of the isolation of the Apartheid regime, our total foreign debt stood at $20 billion – that was in the late 1980`s.

  2. No argument about Apartheid, Derrick! Yet South Africans need more than the absence of Apartheid. Much, much more.

    “Better than Apartheid” is a defeatest approach. It prolongs the agony of the consequences of Apartheid.

    Hold the “Freedom Movement” to the higest standard!

  3. Please let us not even dream to go back 20 years. 630 Million seconds ago we were not a nation and had no furture. We did not have to rigths to even have this open debate. I dare not even to open the debate on What goverment there was more that 20 years ago. Nothing but nothing can justivy APARTHEID.

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