Thursday, December 15, 2011

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In case you haven't noticed, Robert Reich is one of my current heroes.

New Deal Numerology: Drawdown
by Deputy Editor Tim Price

This week’s numbers: 3,193; 4,000; 15,200; 67,495; 12%

3,193... is an extended number. That’s how many days the Iraq War lasted. The first Iraq War only took 100 hours, demonstrating why it’s rarely worth watching the Director’s Cut.
4,000... is a withdrawn number. That’s how many U.S. troops will be leaving Iraq this month, ending the military engagement there. And the critics said there would be no clear way to tell what victory was.
15,200... is a stationary number. That’s how many American personnel will remain in Iraq after the withdrawal. It’s like that awkward moment when you remember you left a box of stuff at your ex’s house, if it somehow contained an embassy’s worth of people.
67,495... is an outcast number. That’s how many homeless veterans are currently living in the U.S. Some banks have added to the problem by illegally foreclosing on them, though they claim they’re just taking a very broad view of the Third Amendment.
12%... is a reacclimating number. That’s the unemployment rate among veterans who have served since the Iraq War began. At least returning to a country with a devastated economy and crumbling infrastructure might ease the transition.,28804,2101745_2102132_2102373-1,00.html

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