[lit-ideas] Re: "Only"

  • From: David Ritchie <ritchierd@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2010 13:00:33 -0800

Thomas Friedman's column caught my eye today:
People have been spreading bogus numbers around, suggesting that the 
President's trip to Asia cost $200 million per day.  Friedman corrects this 
misapprehension, adding the following actual yardsticks: the war in Afghanistan 
costs only about $190 million a day and Bill Clinton's trip to Africa, more 
than ten years ago, cost only "about $5.2 million a day."  

And if it's o.k. for the president of the U.S. to spend $5 million per day on a 
trip, then it may be o.k. for the president of your local corporation, college 
or collective to spend only x on a trip to wherever.

I was about to call out, "Hoi, some of that's my money you're using," but 
here's Mr. Dylan on the radio again, singing, "Sweetheart Like You."
Steal a little and they throw you in jail
Steal a lot and they make you king

David Ritchie,
Portland, Oregon

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