I just got this on email. You all might have already seen it:

The next time you hear a politician use the word “billion” casually, think about whether you want that politician 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 perspective in one of its 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 dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate Washington spends it.

The Democrats are complaining on how long the war is taking but consider this:

It took less time to take Iraq than it took Janet Reno to take the Branch Davidian compound. That was a 51-day operation.

It took less time to find Saddam’s sons in Iraq than it took Hillary Clinton to find the Rose Law Firm billing records.

It took less time for the 3rd Infantry Division and the Marines to destroy the Medina Republican Guard than it took Teddy Kennedy to call the police after
his Oldsmobile sunk at Chappaquiddick.

It took less time to take Iraq than it took to count the votes in Florida!!!!!!

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  • It’s interesting to see Washington spending juxtaposed with an attack on the Clinton administration using our attack on Iraq as an example of efficiency. The message is: what a great war, the democrats suck. Who wrote this, Rush Limbaugh?

    Under Clinton the federal budget deficit was: zero billion. The Bush administration decided to have us shoulder the entire bill for a job that should have been done by an international coalition, and now the federal budget deficit will soon be in the tens of billions. Bush has been irresponsible with our money, our economy, and worst of all, with American lives.

    Personally I would rather have a president that rents out the White House and is inappropriate with interns than one that throws away dollars by the tens of billions and takes inappropriate risks with American lives.

    The greatness of our military is self evident. But as for success in Iraq, let us wait and compare the stability of Iraq five years from now with the stability of Kosovo today. Let us measure it by the speedy achievement of peace, not by the speed of bodycount increase.

    As for efficiency of operations, how long did it take the Whitewater special prosecutor to do… nothing? For thirty-four million dollars?

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