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Wednesday, March 26, 2003  

Big Ishooo!

So, it seems that a month of war is going to cost the US $75bn. That's a cool $2,500,000,000 per day. I wonder what the effect would be of loading a Hercules with, say, half that in small denomination bills, and air-dropping it over Baghdad every day from now until Easter.
  • Thousands of lives would be saved.
  • The Iraqis would fall in love with the US.
  • They would overthrow Saddam (so that they could get to spend their new-found wealth on holidays to Florida).
  • The US would save itself $37.5bn to give away to the richest 1% of its population in tax cuts, thereby ensuring a second term (and the Nobel Peace Prize) for Bush.
  • Jeb Bush would rise to be the next President on a wave of support from his newly wealthy constituents in Orlando.
On second thoughts, maybe they'd better stick to bombs.

posted by Plig | 18:23 |

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