Dillsboro is yet another community reveling in the festivities of the economic recovery that has been kicked into high gear for the last five years. The town lost tourist business when the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad moved its headquarters to Bryson City. An attempt to rejuvenate the economy with sweepstakes machines then flopped. Maybe the town should apply for state and federal grants to help them vision.
This leads us to a story problem. Joe lost his job, his house, and his life’s savings during the Great Economic Recovery. He is now in public housing, receiving food stamps, and getting state assistance with career retrenchment. Despite efforts, he has been unemployed for eight months. How much money does he have for (a) recreational train rides? (b) sweepstakes machines?
Solution: The answer is quite simple. If you consider the fact that two out of three Americans are obese, and at least some authorities define obesity as those over the 95th percentile in body mass index; then 0.95 = 0.67.
Now, loosely speaking, over the set of real numbers, the quotient of any two elements that are equal will be a multiplicative identity. In other words, any number multiplied by that quotient will remain unchanged.
Suppose now that Joe has 0.03 cents left after negotiating with all his creditors. (0.3)(0.95/0.67)^100,000,000,000,000 is a huge lot of money. And that is why abundance mentality with big dreams and positive visioning without concern for cost has gotten us into our current prosperous condition.
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