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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Our insane economy

From CNN (emphasis added):
Prof. Doug Woodward, with the Division of Research at the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, has researched the economic impact of hurricanes.

"On a personal level, the loss of life is tragic. But looking at the economic impact, our research shows that hurricanes tend to become god-given work projects," Woodward said.

Disasters are good for the economy, he said. Within six months, he expects to see a construction boom and job creation offset the short-term negatives such as loss of business activity, loss of wealth in the form of housing, infrastructure, agriculture and tourism revenue in the Gulf Coast states.
If killing hundreds or thousands, and chasing millions from their homes, is good for this beast we call the economy, maybe it's time to slay that beast and find a different one to feed.

I mean jeez--it's not like there weren't plenty of homeless and hungry people already.