How do we solve the (looming) social security crisis?
Ans: ''Sell the moon and give us
back our money''
that is, sell the moon claimed for us by Neil Armstrong
on July 20th, 1969 when he stepped down on it
space ship bought and paid for by us and planted the
American flag on it. Since we need the money
avert a looming social security crisis I say sell it,
moon for twelve and a half trillion dollars on ebay. The
twelve and a half trillion dollar price is a figure that I
heard is the size of the total social security ''problem''
so we can use it by setting the same as the starting
auction price to sell our moon on ebay.
and or or ... if there is not a large enough GFSK
(Global Fund of Some Kind) out there to buy our moon
outright then we can partition it up into an equivalent
number of lots as say, the size of my lot here in
Minnesota which is about 50 feet * 120 feet or 6000
square feet which equals a bit more than an eighth of
an acre ... or if square feet and acres is not your units,
then my lot (what we can call a D-lot) is about 600
square meters, 18 of which would equal a hectare
so on. You can do the math yourself: the formula for
the Surface area of a sphere is S = 4 π
r2 with r = the
radius = half of the diameter, which--for the diameter
the moon at about 2,000 miles--becomes
* 5280 feet/mile)2 * π *
4 = etc and so on and so
forth so that the total surface area of the moon
(ignoring irregularities introduced by mountains and
valleys and the vertical walls of craters) is around 60
billion D-lots ...
Hence ... $12.5 trillion / 60 billion "lots" = about 200
bucks per lot, which doesn't sound like too
unreasonable a price to me to expect on ebay
(wouldn't you pay 200 bucks for your own moon
but ... of course we have to ask ...
is $12.5 trillion enough to cover the 2.89 times that we
identify in our upcoming March '08 Newsletter as the
actual size of the social security problem?
Let's say: not.
And so continuing then, let's find the actual total price
for the moon that we should be using.
I heard or read somewhere that in todays' world it
takes around $177,000 to produce an annuity that will
pay an individual person $1000 a month for life.
hence from our 2.89 times calculation as the amount
really due me for the FICA monies the
confiscated from me over my working life we can (and
do) project this to all 80 million baby boomers and in
so doing we get 40 trillion dollars not 12.5 trillion as
the minimum price we need to set on ebay for our
moon sale (take $1000 per month as a typical Social
Security check then take the $177,000 required to fund
it times 2.89 for the sinking fund factor and then times
80 million baby boomers and we get,
$177,000 * 2.89
* 80,000,000 =
$40,922,400,000,000.00, which, for talking
rounds to 40 trillion dollars).
And since 40 trillion is 3.2 times 12.5 trillion the 200
bucks per lot becomes about 600 bucks which still
isn't too bad unless we translate our D-lots into a
more universal unit ... like the acre, since there are
a tad more than 7 D-lots per acre the 600 bucks per
translates to under $5000 per acre which still
doesn't sound too bad unless we compare it--the
barren moon land--to say land costs in the
Since you can buy a hell of a lot of land in the (Arizona-
Nevada) desert (if I am to believe the various road
side land for sale signs I saw on my road trip through
these areas a few years back)
for 5000 bucks and then also not to even mention that
not all the land on the moon is prime ... eg, what about
the lots on the dark side?, surely they will be worth
less ... but I suppose here we could half their asking
price and then double the sunny side lots' prices and
then we have the same (total) thing and then we just
have to adjust for the ''barrenness'' factor ...
If this barrenness factor approaches a hundred to one
(or if my 12.5 trillion dollar estimate to start with is
really a $125 trillion bill which is a number I've also
heard in relation to the social security ''problem'') then
relatively speaking we will be faced with falling
lot prices before we even get started and the plan to
pay for social security via ONLY selling the moon will
not work ...
Hence, we need more
(government) assets to sell
and so to meet this need see
that the United States of America, once all the cards
are on the table will be seen to have a hell of a lot
more assets than
just the moon, (not to mention that if we wanted to we
could spend/invest some of our 2.89 times
social security income due us ... on a manned
to Mars--I for one would voluntarily allow the
government/NASA or some tbd private space
enterprise to invest at least a fourth of my 2.89 times
due me for such a mission--and then
partition it (Mars) up into lots and sell them on ebay
too: mars' diameter is 4000 miles and though only
half of the earth's diameter it, mars, unlike the earth
does not have 3/4ths of its surface covered with
so that you could in principle build on each and
square foot of it, just like on the moon plus at
diameter as the moon it means 4 times (S urface area
here is a
squared function remember) as many D-lots to
sell ... but ...
if, because of timing, this mars idea won't work for
todays' baby boomers maybe it could be
for tomorrows' beyond-the-baby-boomers retirees
who have just started having their monies confiscated
by their government so that eventually the social
security problem will be resolved for all ... fairly ... but
until then and as part of the stepwise process
to.be.just we still need more today to get
so ... let's ask some pointed questions, eg:
how much are the national parks worth?
the national forests?
the mineral rights on every lot sold in america?
oil leasing rights? = offshore? + onshore?
western lands? I heard the government owns a
number of acres out west (including their mineral
rights of course) ... where there are
reportedly a gazillion tons of coal and a gazillion
barrels of shale oil-- How much would Shell pay for
and what other assets are there?
does the government have hidden assets? If not
houses in Florida, what about embassy buildings in
countries that literally hate America? How
we get for those buildings on ebay?
That is, I predict once you look
into it you will be
surprised beyond surprise as to just how many
assets the government, not the individual
the government of the United States of America
actually has. (Was this a hidden message in the
Treasure???, that is, that the riches
(assets) in this country are as real as and as
Dunno, maybe ... maybe ... you should ask ...
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