Seriously, I am sitting here trying to enjoy a cup of coffee and I am reviewing the predicted impacts of a 2% cut in the federal budget. Listening to the political leadership (and their friends in the media) cutting TWO cents out of every dollar spent will:
-Destroy education leaving millions of children wandering the streets starving because they haven’t had a school lunch in days
– Leave our military so decimated that we will be forced to surrender to Sri Lanka by the first of May
– Result in all law enforcement being laid off, leaving citizens to band together, “Mad Max Style”, to form armed bands of hunter gatherers to go grocery shopping (thank goodness we still have guns!)
– Eliminate all TSA screeners (why is this bad?)
Yes, a TWO percent cut in spending is about to do what the Mayan Calendar never could – namely, it is going to destroy society. There will be mayhem in the streets. We will be forced to eat tainted beef (no inspectors) while our children sit idle and mute (no teachers) and Grandma, seized by a heart attack, convulses on the living room floor without help (no first responders). Our banks will collapse, the temperature will go up, zoo animals will run wild, and let’s face it we are all going to die.
Stop and ask yourself this question: If a TWO percent cut in government spending is going to result in wholesale layoffs, military collapse, starvation, and pestilence – what exactly is the government doing with the other 98% of the money that is NOT getting cut?
Can you imagine a private enterprise pulling this with the shareholders?
Picture yourself at a board meeting for Apple. The board says – “we need to cut operating expenses by 2% this year.”
The CEO, fresh from a 900,000 dollar golf vacation, looks at the team and says, “well if we cut 2% from the budget we will not be able to make iPods, Computers, iPads or iPhones. I think I can keep the iTunes division up and running but we will have to dramatically cut the music offered – all we’ll be able to offer is South American Folk music.”
I’m pretty sure no one at Apple would believe that guy.