OK, so going on good faith (not real calculating) I've modified the figures accordingly . . . maybe. Dear LPSGers who put up with my nonsense, please consider the following and please tell me where the flaws are in the reasoning. I admit this did not originally come from me, but I've refined it a bit. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'm against the $$85,000,000,000,000.00 (I forget, do I need even more zeros?) bailout! Instead, I'm in favor of giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a "We Deserve It Dividend!" To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 U.S. Citizens who are 18 years+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up.. Divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85,000,000,000,000 and that equals $425,000.00 (?). (NOTE: somebody please check my math, it is not one of my strengths.) Therefore, if the long division is correct, my plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It Dividend!" Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife have $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage – housing crisis solved. Repay college loans – what a great boost to new grads Put away money for college – it'll be there Save in a bank – create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car – create jobs Invest in the market – capital drives growth Pay for your parent's medical insurance – health care improves Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean – or else Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folkswho lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other companythat is cutting back. And of course, for those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it... If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult U S Citizen 18+! As for AIG – liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up. Here's my rationale.We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can "never work." But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? N o t o W a l l S t r e e t I trust my fellow adult 'Mericuhns to know how to use the $85 Billion "We Deserve It Dividend!" more than I do, the geniuses at AIG, the Treasury, Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac, or politicians in Washington DC (actually, politicians everywhere). And remember, this plan only really costs $59.5 Trillion (edit) because $25.5 Trillion (edit) is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam. And don't forget all the things one could buy on Ebay! Wahoo! Ta da!