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The Great Deformation by David Stockman is one of the best books out there dealing with today's economy and how it has been pillaged by the banksters and politicians.   It is very readable and he does a remarkable job of keeping it simple in 700 plus pages.

Another great read by him is "The Triumph of Politics" which covers how the budget was pillaged in the early 80s by the "giveaway the farm but never cut spending" politicians of the day. 

Stockman was Reagan's Budget Director who initially supported the Reagan tax cuts until he realized that is created massive deficits and spoke up, whereupon he was "sent to the woodshed" as the press called it back then (rebuked).  Congress decided to cut the taxes anyhow and to address the cut spending part on the rebound, to which they paid lip service and went through the ropes, but suddenly dropped the whole matter of cutting spending after they had inflicted a permanent 150 billion plus annual deficit into the cake.  The Triumph of Politics tells the whole story of how key congressmen sabotaged the "cut spending" phase.

The rest of Reagan's term was spent on raising taxes to keep things from getting totally out of hand.

I highly recommend anything written by Stockman

 

Cajun Math?

A Cajun man wants a job, but the foreman won't hire him until he passes a little math test.

Here is your first question, the foreman said. 'Without using numbers, represent the number 9.'

'Without numbers?' The Cajun says, 'Dat is easy.' And proceeds to draw three trees.

'What's this?' the boss asks.

'Ave you got no brain? Tree and tree and tree make nine,' says the Cajun.

'Fair enough,' says the boss. 'Here's your second question. Use the same rules, but this time the number is 99.'

The Cajun stares into space for a while, then picks up the picture that he has just drawn and makes a smudge on each tree. 'Ere you go.'

The boss scratches his head and says, 'How on earth do you get that to represent 99?'

'Each of DA trees is dirty now. So, it's dirty tree, and dirty tree, and dirty tree. Dat is 99.'

The boss is getting worried that he's going to actually have to hire this Cajun, so he says, 'All right, last question.

Same rules again, but represent the number 100.'

The Cajun stares into space some more, then he picks up the picture again and makes a little mark at the base of each tree and says, 'Ere you go. One hundred.'

The boss looks at the attempt. 'You must be nuts if you think that represents a hundred!'

The Cajun leans forward and points to the marks at the base of each tree and says,

'A little dog come along and poop by each tree..

So now you got dirty tree and a turd, dirty tree and a turd, and dirty tree and a turd, which make one hundred.'

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