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BILLIONAIRES: What's fair?

| June 19, 2022 1:00 AM

I recently read some information that more people should think about. Billionaires. Bernie Sanders has said billionaires shouldn’t exist. Many people do not realize the great difference between a million and a billion. A million seconds is only 11.6 days. A billion seconds is 31.7 years. By one scientist’s calculations, a million one-dollar bills laid end to end would extend about 95 miles. A billion one-dollar bills would extend about 95,000 miles, which means that the money would stretch around the earth at the equator almost four times. I think more, if not every person, should realize this difference, and perhaps carry the thought to the word trillion, which is bandied about quite a bit nowadays. The message here, is that in a fair society there would be many millionaires, but few billionaires. I think many Republicans would not appreciate this distinction. I read recently that someone said Elon Musk possibly may become the world’s first “trillionaire?”

RON BOOTHE

Kingston

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