Monday, February 09, 2009

Quick Math

Let's do some quick math...

Start with 100 Billion dollars. If you slice that up into chunks of $50,000 each, how many slices do you get?

Two million.

In big round numbers, how many Americans lost jobs in the last quarter?

Two million.

How about this for a stimulus plan: Put every person who loses a job on a $50,000 personal bailout. Assign an expiration to the bailout, where it pays full for a year, then decreases to nothing through the second year. Pay a $10 to $20 grand 'buy-out' bonus for each person who trades the bailout for a real job, then keeps it for a year.

So right when I finish the previous paragraph, the boss pulls us aside for a quick conversation. We laid off a few people today, in response to a small decrease in our customer base and revenue. That's the bad news. The good news - I still have my job.

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