Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Money Without Any Value

Sad to see this kind of money wasted--it sure would have made a useful tax cut:
A former Iraqi official estimated yesterday that more than $13 billion meant for reconstruction projects in Iraq was wasted or stolen through elaborate fraud schemes.

Salam Adhoob, a former chief investigator for Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity, told the Senate Democratic Policy Committee, an arm of the Democratic caucus, that an Iraqi auditing bureau "could not properly account for" the money.

While many of the projects audited "were not needed -- and many were never built," he said, "this very real fact remains: Billions of American dollars that paid for these projects are now gone."
Well, the money isn't "gone." The money paid for goods and services, bombs and killings, death and destruction, you see. The money is floating through the vast cesspool of the Iraqi economy, spreading throughout the region. It's being used to buy more bombs, more guns, more vicious horror. It is changing hands, buying allegiances, and doing whatever ill-gotten gains do--it's drying up and disappearing.

Go ahead and try this on for size--steal fifty dollars from someone. Spend it. Hope they don't find out about it. If you get caught, don't blame me. I suggest this as a scenario in order to teach you something, and you're entirely on your own and I disavow you because you should not steal fifty dollars just because some old man on a fabulous blog told you to do so.

What have you really accomplished? Well, your fifty dollars bought things for you, and now you have things you didn't earn. Good for you--what are they worth? What can you do with them? Is there any pride in having them? Did you buy food for a starving family or did you buy yourself crap? How do you know the value of anything when you don't know the value of hard work?

Ethics. Don't even try applying them without a license.