Shell Script

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There's a joke amongst programmers, usually towards their management, "if you don't leave me alone, I'll replace you with a very small shell script". The idea is that they're so simplistic and repetitive that a few lines of code could do their job: now go away.


I wrote a shell script as an example for the leftists I know:
$ printf("The problem with %d is that we don't spend enough\n", anyInput);

I don't think you have to be much of a programmer to get the point that if you don't understand a problem, it's easy to assume the solution is to just spend more of other people's money to fix it. But if that was the case, the U.S. would be best at all sorts of things we're not best at since Government started getting involved.

  • We spend more on our government healthcare (as a percent of GDP) than they do: it's worse. The problem is we don't spend enough.
  • We spend more on our education than they do. The problem is we don't spend enough.
  • We have more taxes, a bigger tax code, and most of our taxes go to redistribution. Problem = we don't spend enough.

Very small shell script indeed.