Sunday, April 5, 2009

Five sextillion... draw a line!

Sextillion, it's a number you've likely never heard of, and almost certainly never contemplated. However, thanks to statist intervention in Zimbabwe, sextillion is becoming a household word. You see, the annual inflationary rate in Zimbabwe is five sextillion, that is- 5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000%. That means what cost a Zimbabwean dollar at the beginning of the year, by the end of the year costs $5,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. At least, I think that's how it converts, I start getting lost in the billions.
The president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, a commie dictator with U.N. backing, followed Mao's agrarian reform "ideals" and confiscated thousand of white farmers lands, turning them over to unskilled Zimbabweans, resulting in mass food shortages.
What's happening in Zimbabwe is nothing more than an exaggerated version of what's taking place in our country. That is, statist central planning.
I don't know about you, but Zimbabweans seem to have an extremely high tolerance for getting screwed! I mean serious, where will they draw the line? Maybe they'll wake up when a candy bar costs an octillion or undillion... As for me, I hope Americans wake up long before it gets to that point... somehow though, considering how much we've put up with so far, I doubt it. In fact, Zimbabweans are likely less tolerant than Americans. I mean, think about it, what do Zimbabweans have to think about beyond the basic means of survival. On the other hand, Americans have golf, American Idol, Dancing With The Stars, OMG, the list goes on and on... to distract them.
Personally, I think we may consider waking up to the reality. That is, I think Americans may realize the free market is the answer when... no, not even then, not even when toilet paper costs fifty-nine duotrigintillion dollars, and quattuordecillion cents. Maybe at that point the money will at least have some intrinsic value: to wipe with.