A billion here, a billion there

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After all, it’s just a tiny percentage of the total spent

By John Pawlak

When discussing the difficulty of defining pornography, Potter  Stewart, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, said, “I know it  when I see it.”  
Pornography comes in all forms these days and we  are graced with its ubiquitous presence on television, the internet  and in lyrics of hit songs.  But is it really all that easy to  recognize?
Sure, it’s easy enough when watching Lady Gag Gag or commercials by  Victoria (who really doesn’t have any secrets) or Internet  advertisements for ED (you know, the pop up kind?).  But I’m  talking about something far more pornographic.
Numbers.  Big numbers to be specific.
Most people don’t understand big numbers, but they sure do love  small percentages.  
I was watching a TV show in which a senator was  filibustering a $6 billion health care bill to secure an $18 million  provision for the study and treatment of autism.  
When the White  House complained that the bill was already $6 billion in size, the  senator said, “So what’s another $18 million?”   

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