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by on March 21, 2010 at 12:45 pm in Economics | Permalink

The Passive-Aggressive Release Machine.

The “Passive Aggressive Anger Release Machine” is a machine that allows you break a dish or two until you feel better. All you have to do is insert a dollar, and a piece of china will slowly move towards you until it falls to the bottom and breaks into a million pieces.

Want to do it again? Insert another dollar.

The photo at the link is quite good.  For the pointer I thank Chug.

E. Barandiaran March 21, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Tyler, how much will you spend in the Anger Release Machine after reading the last CBO letter to Nancy?

See
http://www.cbo.gov/ftpdocs/113xx/doc11379/Manager'sAmendmenttoReconciliationProposal.pdf

In particular, I’d like to know your reaction to this paragraph:

“Under the legislation, CBO expects that Medicare spending would increase significantly more slowly during the next two decades than it has increased during the past two decades (per beneficiary, after adjusting for inflation). It is unclear whether such a reduction in the growth rate of spending could be achieved, and if so, whether it would be accomplished through greater efficiencies in the delivery of health care or through reductions in access to care or the quality of care. The long-term budgetary impact could be quite different if key provisions of the legislation were ultimately changed or not fully implemented.”

Anonymous coward March 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Gianni Rodari’s “Break-smash palace” (?, from children’s story Il pianeta degli alberi di Natale) fully develops this idea, and what with the housing slump it would not be too expensive to set up. Just refurbish a bit the homes which are to be torn down and let passive-aggressive citizenry destroy them (from china to basements) for a fee.

Millian March 21, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Well that just misses the point. The point is that you smash china as a substitute for physical violence. So you use your hands to break it, not a button on a machine.

Mike Huben March 21, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Come on, I expected some snark about how it is Keynsian. :-)

Anon March 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm

Is the theory that “breaking China” will solve our economic problems ?

Anonymous March 22, 2010 at 5:54 am

The correct usage is to knock the machine on its side.

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