Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Thoughts... (Update)

Someone during the Viet Nam War once figured that it would be far, far cheaper and advantageous to build a sturdy, hospitable hut for every Vietnamese peasant family, than to build the equivalent number of bombs to wipe them off every single rice patty they inhabited- and in so doing, gain their respect, good will and admiration in addition to permanently curtailing their desire to wipe out the young unfortunates of a foreign empire that had come to kill each and everyone of them.

I recalled that "out of the box" thinking when our television was tuned to the news the other night with no one in particularly watching. Along came this guy, this average, salt of the earth, Midwest, pick up driving guy at a gas station who quite calmly and matter of factly suggested, "We have 300 million people in the US. Why don't we just give them 1 million dollars each?" Why not indeed? Well under even one measly billion- chump change! The economy revs up, the country picks up, the entire world reinvigorates, and after a few months, the dust settles and at the very least, no one big or small, black or white, male or female could ever bitch that they never got half a shot in life.

The absolute brilliance and simplicity of it all left me dumbfounded. Some guy with a pick up somewhere in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri...

Update: Ummm, errrr... aint no brilliance to it no how- see comments (guess it's better if you do actually watch and listen).

3 comments:

Mike said...

300,000,000 x 1,000,000 =
300,000,000,000,000.

Not chump change.

Stan B. said...

Jesus H. Christ, Mike! You've singlehandedly managed to ruin this Thanksgiving holiday with your confounded, indisputable mathematical genius!

PS- I still want my million, and pledge to do my damndest to set this economy straight upon receipt! And if I ever see that fast talkin' huckster drive by in his pick up...

benjamin said...

don't worry stan if you can get a one on one with Bush he probably can't do the maths and you might just get out the room with a million squid