Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2009]
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!
For a total cost of 40 Billion you could solve our financial problems. There's about
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.
Origins: The above-reproduced suggestion about how to jumpstart the faltering
They leave their jobs, which means
They buy new American cars;
They either buy a house or pay off their mortgage. Housing crisis fixed.
Some people make things so complicated when they don't have to be.
This is a lot less than the billions given to banks and insurance companies.
It is possible, however, that whoever originally came up with this idea was not arithmetically-challenged but rather was trying to make a point about how people often don't pay attention to the large financial numbers that are commonly bandied about in the news these days.
Last updated: 10 April 2009
Deseret News. "Offer $1M Severance Pay." 31 March 2009.