Not worth the metal.
Everybody I know is broke. Nobody’s got money in their pocket or credit on their phones. I ordered some hot buttered cuttlefish and the portions were noticeably smaller. They skimp on the purippu at the canteen. WTF. Hard times indeed. The people I know that don’t have jobs are entirely broke, which I guess makes sense. Even the people with jobs, though, are spending all of their salary on transport and stuff. The people with good jobs are still broke, their debt just hasn’t publicly bubbled. When the paycheck comes, the money’s spent within a week. When you got money in your pocket, it’s gone by the end of the night. It’s not the global crater, it’s all the local idiocy and inflation. Oil prices are down now. Everyone is still broke. But we’re near Kilinochchi.
I’ve always wondered, if we’re spending like $1.6 billion on this war this year, say $4 billion for Eelam War IV or V or whatever this. If we spending like $4 billion, why don’t we just offer the Tamils cash and a one-way ticket out. Business class if you can prove terrorist connections. With about 1.4 million Tamils let’s say (about 7%, not including up-country) that’s about $3,000 per person. That’s not even a ticket. Let’s just double the number and say not everyone would leave, or it’s by household or something. We could just give $6,000 to everyone in the Wanni and tell them to get the fuck out. Spare us the bombs and them the inconvenience. Only problem I could see is that a lot of Sinhalese would like to get out.
Cause the economy is starting to hit, directly. Everybody’s a little bit lighter, everybody’s eating a bit less. This can only go on so long. I mean, it can go on forever I guess, but it hurts all the way down.