I guess one of the things that attracted me to economics so many years ago was the charts. Those great little graphs that say so little, but can tell us so much. Just look at these beauties. What can they tell us?
Well, damn! I wish I'd discovered these sooner because as I write this Halliburton is having their big annual shareholder's meeting down in Duncan, Oklahoma and I'd loved to have been there. If I was, I'd have offered a suggestion to improve their profits far quicker than all this talk they're having about selling off part of their subsidiary, Kellogg, Brown & Root.
I'm sure I'm not the first to conclude the following from the above graphs that others are too reluctant to suggest. But since there appears to be a direct relationship between rising Halliburton stock prices, rising Halliburton Iraq profits and the number of U.S. military killed in Iraq, all Halliburton has to do is increase the number of U.S. military killed in Iraq to increase their profits and stock price.
And what better connection to do it than their former Halliburton CEO, vice president Dick Cheney? Hell, Cheney's already gotten 2400 American military killed in Iraq just looking for imaginary WMDs. I'm sure if he'd just have step up their efforts to find 'em, commit more troops to look for what doesn't exist, he'd double or triple the number of GI's killed in the process. Result? Halliburton's profits will soar according. So, what is Halliburton waiting for? Just tell your former CEO, "You go, you Big Dick!"