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Don't know if this is an actual article, but. . . | MyPetPeeves.com

Don't know if this is an actual article, but. . .

Now this could work:
This was an article from the St. Petersburg Times Newspaper on Sunday. The Business Section asked readers for ideas on "How Would You Fix the Economy?" I thought this was the BEST idea. I think this guy nailed it!
Dear Mr. President,
Patriotic retirement:
There's about 40 million people over 50 in the work force; pay them$1 million apiece severance with three stipulations:
1) They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2) They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed..
3) They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage- Housing Crisis fixed.
All National financial problems fixed!!!

Comments

well I've got one out of 3 ...

well I've got one out of 3 done! I have the car, now I just need the million bucks to quit my job and pay off my house and bills!!

I have 2 new cars well ...

I have 2 new cars well they were new when I bought them. But ya I wouldn't quit my job that would take 3 million.

Forty million new job ...

Forty million new job openings would barely put a dent in the mess out there right now.

The housing crisis solved by putting $40m into it? Yeah, Right. YOU BETCHA!

LOL!!!!

Gotta love these clowns. They make it all seem very teensy tiny trivial and simple when we're talking trillions folks, and they tell us it's a measly $40m, a spit in the ocean by comparison. They know full well what they're doing to. It's not sane. Neither have any of the far extremists been throughout history. No wonder.

Ditto, Dawn. I've got the ...

Ditto, Dawn. I've got the car (newish-2005). Now just gimme my 1mil and I will quit faster than a jackrabbit on a hot griddle in July. ;-)

So, TGIX, 40 million new ...

So, TGIX, 40 million new jobs and 40 million new millionaires is a bad thing? Those new millionaires would start spending (a boost to the economy) and those 40 million NEW workers would start spending their NEW money! Where is the harm? You seem to forget, the money from the new workers would also be NEW, LONGER term taxes (remember, the people being replaced were already near the end of their 'work life') so THAT is a boost in the long term tax base! Plus, these younger workers are far more likely to spend THEIR monies on 'stuff' to help the economy grow versus the workers they replaced who have already become set in their spending habits! No, Just don't see a 'downside' to this 'fantasy'. Don't know what YOUR problem is!

BTW, how many people are in need of housing of that 40 million that are getting the money? Remember these people are already working somewhere and likely already have their homes so that money could cement them where they live or allow them to BUY themselves a place!

I say it is a GREAT start! Of course, I am not one of those over 50s about to get paid, so I would probably fall into the 'not young enough to replace the 50s and not old enough to get the money' category!!!

Never said it was a bad ...

Never said it was a bad thing. Why would you try and twist my words that way?

I said you do not cure trillions of dollars and millions of jobs with a few lousy millions given away arbitrarily. Bush already tried that. It failed miserably.

I apologize, TGIX, when ...

I apologize, TGIX, when you wrote 'It

40 million people times $1 ...

40 million people times $1 million each equals $40 TRILLION dollars.....didn't we all just pitch a fit because of a less than 1 Trillion dollar bailout? Certainly we can fix the problems we have for less than $40 Trillion which is FOUR TIMES the current TOTAL US debt. Also, wouldn't that be true socialism/communism...giving that money (tax money, paid by you and me, too) to people for free.....isn't that redistribution of wealth?

See also http://www.snopes.com/politics/business/fixeconomy.asp

eric, wouldn't 40 million ...

eric, wouldn't 40 million times $1 million just equal $40 MILLION? Like 1 times ten equals TEN??? So it would STILL 'just' be $40 MILLION not $40 TRILLION! Of course, using TGIX logic who knows? J/K TGIX, I know you can do math. Otherwise, yep, it IS redistribution of INITIAL wealth (the $40 million), the rest comes from a new set of workers EARNING their money with SWEAT AND BLOOD (hopefully not the blood part, but you know what I mean!).

Eric, just RE calculated ...

Eric, just RE calculated and it turns out you are absolutely correct!!!! it IS $40 TRILLION!!! No THAT would be a DISASTER!!!!

Eric, NOW I am trippin'! ...

Eric, NOW I am trippin'! IF I gave two people $2 million dollars, how much did I give away? I gave away $2 million. If I gave ten people $1 million apiece, THEN how much did I give away? I gave away $10 MILLION in total! so IF I gave that $1 million to 40 people, then I have 'only' given away $40 million! That's $1 million FORTY TIMES!!! So I go back to my original $40 MILLION was all that was given away. The rest is the rest.

Walter - with no ...

Walter - with no disrespect intended, you seem like a nice guy, and I don't want to start any math wars, but you are mistaken.

First to answer your initial question, the answer could only be $40 million dollars if you gave each person a single dollar.....remember there are $40 million people being referred to, each getting $1 million.

The original statement said to give 40 million different people $1 million each.....pull out the calculator, put 40,000,000 in, hit multiply, put 1,000,000 in then hit equal. The answer in your calculator will be 40,000,000,000,000 or $40 TRILLION.

Like the Snopes article says, its difficult for us to conceive how much money those large numbers actually are.....but a million million is a trillion, and we're talking 40 million millions here.

LOL, Eric, NOW I see where ...

LOL, Eric, NOW I see where I went wrong!!!! I was only giving FORTY people $1 million!!!!!! LOLOLOL!!!! I go back to what you FIRST said and defer to the mathematician!

That's funny Eric... true ...

That's funny Eric... true but funny. The entire premise is bull shit.

And these morons actually think they can use their form of messed up math to solve the problems that morons just like them (Bush and his minions) got us into?

Wow!

The stoooooopidity of the republicans never ceases to amaze me. If it's dumber than shit they will adopt it as gospel.

How can ANYone be so unbelievably idiotic?

Hmmm, I just re-read EVERY ...

Hmmm, I just re-read EVERY response PLUS the original post and I saw NOTHING to say Republican OR Democrat (or even Libertarian or Green Party for that matter), so once again TGIX's blind hatred of Republicans has reared it's UGLY head!!!!
And the NAME CALLING (another calling card of TGIX) YOU sir, are THE only one calling names here! NOT A SINGLE OTHER PERSON!!!!! BTW!

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