I dropped by to see ol' Berle Piggle on my way back from southern New Mexico the other day. I had heard that Fort Stockton was going to get a new Super K-Mart.
"That's good, isn't it, Berle? More jobs and such." I asked.
"Nahh. It'll only provide 1/100,000,000th of a day's worth of GDP and that over it's entire lifetime. It clearly isn't the answer we are looking for", he said over a sip of Falstaff.
I admit I was taken aback. "Uh, OK. I don't get it, but... OK". I said. "I heard tell that Bill Gates was gonna move all of Microsoft to Fort Stockton" I said, just to see what he would say.
"Big deal. Microsoft only employs 30,000 people. That's only 1/1000th of the size of Texas, and only 1/10,000th of the USA. In fact, my working group of Concerned Citizens say we should compare everything to Global Numbers. So, it is only 1/200,000th of the world population. And at revenues of only 250 billion a year, it only accounts for 1/260th of the World GDP. So a hunnert Microsoft's could show up in Pecos County and it still wouldn't solve the world's GDP problem", he mused.
"Ohhh. I get it now!" I said. "You have been reading those oil shale and ANWR articles put out by the Puppies and Cute Animals and certain Kinda Trees Defense Council that compare reserves, no matter how large, to some sort of 100% percentage consumption rate! Berle, you gotta know better than that. That is just a trick to minimize the importance of it. Hell, atmospheric CO2 is a hundred times smaller than in terms of percentages to ANWR and look at all the effects you all ascribe to it!"
"Look, Choke. It's my county and my people, and I'm gonna think for them how I DAMN well please".