Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Trouble With Trillions

One of the best known and best loved episodes of Star Trek was one titled "The Trouble with Tribbles", where fuzzy little creatures with no apparent purpose threaten the good order of the entire Enterprise as well as a large Federation government project with their irrepressible reproduction. The unleashing of so many trillions of dollars into our economy, which like tribbles, have a soothing effect on human beings, will have a similar inflationary effect: at first, the crew views these tribbles with affection, but as they come to multiply and appear everywhere, interfering in a seemingly benign way, they begin to get sick of them, as too much of a good thing overwhelms their serious business.

Take a look at the episode here, either for the first time, or as a nostalgic return.

And consider the inflationary hangover awaiting us as the trouble with trillions makes itself known to us. You could be forgiven for thinking this is a Klingon plot to destroy us.

1 comment:

Roundhead said...

complete and utter folly - this `stimulus' package.

But who knows - IT may discredit big-government nannyism for good (we can only hope)