Can I pay my taxes with cookie dough?
February 1, 2004 12:49 PM   Subscribe

"Let's say 1 cookie equals $10 billion..." Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream) and TrueMajority explain the federal budget with Oreos. [Flash.]
posted by homunculus (21 comments total)
If 1 cookie equals 1 internet link, I say your cookie is not accessible 404 error.
posted by omidius at 12:56 PM on February 1, 2004

That's odd, it works for me. How about this?
posted by homunculus at 1:03 PM on February 1, 2004

Sorry, requested page is temporarily unavailable on both links.
posted by bonaldi at 1:04 PM on February 1, 2004

I got the link from this page, maybe you can get to it from there.
posted by homunculus at 1:08 PM on February 1, 2004

The link from the true majority main page is giving me the same error, so i don't think it's the fault of an homunculus.
posted by clockwork at 1:48 PM on February 1, 2004

Gah! Sorry about that. I don't know why, but it still works for me.
posted by homunculus at 1:54 PM on February 1, 2004

they must be doing refer checking.
posted by delmoi at 2:35 PM on February 1, 2004

Works for me, too. The movie, and the plan.
posted by majcher at 2:43 PM on February 1, 2004

works for me, thanks for posting's quite effective to reduce things to these simple terms - I'll be e-mailing this to lots of people.
posted by madamjujujive at 2:57 PM on February 1, 2004

Ben needs to go on a diet. He has way too many cookies to play with.
posted by stbalbach at 3:15 PM on February 1, 2004

its been slash dotted, mefi style. Anyone care to mirror it?

Circumstantial evidence that the ABB rage is more extensive than the press or republicans are lettiing on about.
posted by Fupped Duck at 3:26 PM on February 1, 2004

Well, keeping things simple, let's explain brain surgery with Oreo cookies. First of all, you have to anesthesize the Oreo cookie with Oreo cookie in solution. Then you cut through the epidermal layer of cookie and use the cookie cutting saw to expose the Oreo.

Uh, well, it worked for economics...

Maybe he can explain how to construct a Mars probe with Oreo cookies next.
posted by kablam at 7:51 PM on February 1, 2004

Kablam's sooo got it right! The current shambles of American medical culture is a perfect analogy for our budget problems! Given this keen insight, Kablam should start a consulting business or even maybe a bomb factory! We need plenty of those! We have no choice!

I surrender!
posted by ewkpates at 5:07 AM on February 2, 2004

That was one of the better used of Flash movie. And it made sense and was interesting at the same time.
posted by nyukid at 5:13 AM on February 2, 2004

ewkpates: Okay, I'll explain it so even *you* understand it. Bush uses all our Oreo cookies appropriately. There. Simple and easy to understand.
If you want to talk about economics, talk about money, production, consumption, commodities, markets, currency, inflation, recession, growth, investment, etc., NOT Oreo cookies.
If I want to lie to you, I'll talk Oreo cookies. Why? Because all that other stuff is boring and you wouldn't understand it anyway. Or am I just assuming that you are stupid? Like Ben, there.
posted by kablam at 5:27 AM on February 2, 2004

It kinda struck me that perhaps putting a cookie or two into fighting hunger and developing alternate fuel options might alter the world enough that we would save more cookies than that from our military budget.

But what do I know? I ate breakfast a BK this morning.
posted by VulcanMike at 9:26 AM on February 2, 2004

Kablam is so right. It's obvious that the American education, health, and social security systems are in fine condition. American children are receiving the best possible education, American citizens are receiving the best possible health care, and American seniors are receiving the best possible dog food. There is no need to cut back on military spending, especially in light of the threat to American independence of such countries as Nepal, Albania, and Easter Island.

It's all good.
posted by five fresh fish at 9:28 AM on February 2, 2004

kablam: the flash movie presented an analogy.
posted by josephtate at 5:01 PM on February 2, 2004

five fresh fish for President.
posted by alumshubby at 5:09 PM on February 2, 2004

Given the quality of individual elected to the position these past forty or so years, I do believe I've been insulted.

Pistols at dawn, alumshubby, pistols at dawn. I will not have my honour defiled.
posted by five fresh fish at 7:33 PM on February 2, 2004

every now and again, i wonder 'am i insane? am i crazy? maybe bush isn't so bad... no one else seems to be incenced... why is no one else enraged with all this none sense?' then i come here to metafilter and i remember that there are others... and that makes me happy.
posted by Tryptophan-5ht at 8:22 PM on February 2, 2004

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