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Poor Richard's Print Shoppe



What HE Said




In "Restaurant at the End of the Universe," Douglas Adams' masterpiece of Sci-Fi humor, the inhabitants of planet "Golgafrinchan" come up with a scheme to rid themselves of the most egregiously idiotic among them. They tell all of the telephone sanitizers, hairdressers, management consultants and bureaucrats that the world is about to be unavoidably destroyed, but that as such three interstellar arks have been constructed to convey the population to a new world. The idiots are told that they will depart on the first ship and that the two others will follow.

The ship is dispatched, alone, with the controls set to random, and by chance the ship of fools lands on prehistoric Earth. Faced with a sudden need for cash and with none at hand, they declare leaves to be legal tender. At first they're all overjoyed at sudden, fabulous wealth, but then the problem of staggering inflation arises - so they initiate an economic solution involving torching all of the world's forests.

The Golgafrinchans have landed, in reality, in 2008, and they're running the government of the United States as a majority.

The last American leader with a clue as to proper economic policy was of course President Ronald Reagan.

Perhaps nothing can be done to prevent the fools from resurrecting the corpse of Marx and consequently destroying the economy, therefore the livelihood, of the semi-free world.

But we can put a simple, pithy reminder in their faces.



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