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How Would You Fix the Economy?

by Marquette Turner

in Features, Wise Guy

The economic crisis that is resonating throughout the globe is seemingly on the minds of everyone, no matter their current position.

A question recently posed in the Sunday business section of the St. Petersburg Times asked their readers: “How would you fix the Economy?”

One particular reader answered the call to action with an astonishingly simple yet genius reply.

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“Dear Mr. President,

Patriotic retirement:

There’s about 40 million people over 50 in the work force- Pay them $1million a piece severance with the following stipulations:

– They leave their jobs. Forty million job openings- Unemployment fixed.

– They buy NEW American cars. Forty million cars ordered- Auto industry fixed.

– They either buy a house/pay off their mortgage- Housing Crisis fixed.”

Well it certainly couldn’t get any easier than that. If given the opportunity, how would you go about repairing the state of the economy? We would love to hear your feedback and ideas.

Brittany West


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Simon Turner April 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Well this has put my MASTERPLAN series to shame. I love it and it is certainly worth a thought. Can we send this on to Pennsylvania Avenue???

Simon Turner April 7, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Well this has put my MASTERPLAN series to shame. I love it and it is certainly worth a thought. Can we send this on to Pennsylvania Avenue???

Simon Turner April 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Well this has put my MASTERPLAN series to shame. I love it and it is certainly worth a thought. Can we send this on to Pennsylvania Avenue???

Peter Stone April 9, 2009 at 5:02 am

Simple and logical – unlike the fix it plans our governments are adopting. It would make sense to me that they stop sending large amounts of OUR money down the dark hole they call banks and institutions. Do they get equity, cars or what in return? Funny though, if I was to ask for a bail out they would take my house and car and my soul.

Peter Stone April 9, 2009 at 5:02 am

Simple and logical – unlike the fix it plans our governments are adopting. It would make sense to me that they stop sending large amounts of OUR money down the dark hole they call banks and institutions. Do they get equity, cars or what in return? Funny though, if I was to ask for a bail out they would take my house and car and my soul.

Peter Stone April 9, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Simple and logical – unlike the fix it plans our governments are adopting. It would make sense to me that they stop sending large amounts of OUR money down the dark hole they call banks and institutions. Do they get equity, cars or what in return? Funny though, if I was to ask for a bail out they would take my house and car and my soul.

Healingartsglobal February 9, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Works for me!

Daves February 10, 2011 at 3:17 am

The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. That’s $40Trillion. Not only is the gov stupid, so is everyone who thinks this is a great, simple idea. Obviously, I know its meant to be funny, but come on. We think the fix to our problems is the government? Its absurd. The government is THE reason we are in the mess we’re in.

simonturner February 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

Hi Dave

Thanks for your comments. 2 years on from the blog being posted, even though it was clearly meant as a left-field tongue-in-cheek article, it clearly is absurd.

Although we here in Australia aren’t quite suffering the same issues in the US, I appreciate the sentiment about government.

Thanks again!

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