NATIONAL NEWS – Freakonomics

Obama Picks a Winner (not)

WASHINGTON DC – This was apparently an April Fool’s announcement. But I loved this quote:

When we finally reached Levitt, he was at McDonalds headquarters at Oak Brook, IL. Some of their franchises have been cheating by hiding Big Mac revenues that they have to share with McDonalds. Levitt has found a way to benchmark performance that can reveal suspiciously underperforming locations. “This is what economists call ‘moral hazard,’ ” Levitt said over a carton of Chicken McNuggets. “Look, economics is not rocket science. Think of the US Government as like McDonalds, a bank and a toxic asset are just like a franchisee and a Big Mac. Once you see it that way, its simple.”

There were some pretty freaked out people commenting on this story. Hahaha.


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