JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2004/06/oldie-but-goodie-economic-theories.html (5 comments)

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jsid-1086486727-258434  triticale at Sun, 06 Jun 2004 01:52:07 +0000

REPUBLICAN is closer to
You have two cows.
Your neightbor has none.
You sell him dairy products at a suitable markup.

It's less amusing and still an abstraction which doesn't capture the entire truth, but the entire list has the latter problem.

jsid-1086498560-258436  Tom at Sun, 06 Jun 2004 05:09:20 +0000

You have two cows.
You sell three of them to your publicly-listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute an debt/equity swap with associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax deduction for keeping five cows.
The milk rights of six cows are transferred via a Panamanian intermediary to a Cayman Islands company secretly owned by the majority shareholder, who sells the rights to all seven cows' milk back to the listed company.
The annual report says that the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more.
Meanwhile, you kill the two cows because the Feng Shui is bad.

jsid-1086500825-258437  Kevin Baker at Sun, 06 Jun 2004 05:47:05 +0000

OK, those get added. :-)

jsid-1086533155-258438  Paul S at Sun, 06 Jun 2004 14:45:55 +0000

You have two cows
You worship them

I have more, but they are all at work.

jsid-1086664561-258446  triticale at Tue, 08 Jun 2004 03:16:01 +0000

Again a simplification. The notion of Krishna as good cowherd has a certain commonality with Jesus as good shepherd. Still funny.

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