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An off-the-WEB forward to me from my conservative old friend
A guy is walking along a Florida beach when he comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand…..
He picks up the lamp and gives it a rub. A genie appears and tells him he has been granted one wish.
The guy thinks for a moment and says, "I want to live forever."
"Sorry," said the genie, "I'm not allowed to grant eternal life."
"OK, then, I want to die after the Democrats balance the budget and eliminate the debt.”
"You crafty little bastard," said the genie...
And my response
The millionaire owner of a business is walking along a beach in . . anywhere. He comes across a lamp partially buried in the sand. Annoyed, he exerts just enough effort to kick just enough sand over it so it's no longer visible. "Why should I stoop to pick up shit when I'm worth the high seven-figures?" he smirks.
But the sands shift just a bit and another ultra-rich snatcher-upper of tranche-trounced condos is walking along the beach and comes across the lamp, again just partially buried in the sand. He sees a thin, ragged guy gathering empty cans.
"Pick that up for me and I'll endow you with enough to buy a full can!!!!" he states.
He takes the lamp while passing the dollar.
The scavenger thanks him, and observes, "that's a beautiful thing. Lot of people would buy them. Lot of people could have jobs making them."
"You're right," the rich man acknowledges. "You're not as dumb as you appear."
"I was in upper-level management before the company I worked for went under. Couldn't compete." If only corporate capital had been allocated to on-shore, American jobs, millions, like me, out of work would have jobs."
"Eh, tough on some, maybe. But that's their problem, not mine."
"But the problem is the country's," says the can-guy. "If people were making things here, earning wages here, they'd have money to pay taxes here, and of course not be depending for survival on government programs!!"
"You insinuating something?" the dapper capitalist asks.
"Why don't you initiate a renaissance. You're obviously well-off I saw you get out of the limo with the driver up there waiting for you to finish surveying this distressed beach-front hi-rise. Why don't you put a couple thousand into starting a business -- hiring some people to make beautiful lamps like the one you found? I'll be your salesman, straight commission to start."
"Help the unemployed, yes. Provide an impetus to your peers, Provide even a pittance as kindling to re-fire this country's economy, and . . . ."
The rich guy cuts him off mid-sentence.
"You've got to be kidding. Manufacture anything here? In this country? When I can send this lamp as a prototype to East Bangladesia (since China's getting too high-handed and -paid) and it ends up costing ME pennies compared to dollars?? Don't you get it, fool? I've got it!!! We've got it!!! The 5 +/- %. Not only the wealth, luxury, ease, ostentation, superfluity, mansions and Masuratis and Gulf coasts and Gulf Streams and all . . . . . . . we got the Democratic Party to displace all the blame onto !!!! How sweet
it is. (Here's another buck, get yourself another coke or something. Take part in the U.S.economy yourself.