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ENRON EXPLAINED

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
ENRON EXPLAINED: In case you were wondering how Enron came into so much trouble, here is an explanation reputedly given by an Aggie professor to explain it in terms his students could understand.

Capitalism -- You have two cows. You sell one and buy a bull. Your herd multiplies, and the economy grows. You sell them and retire on the income.

Enron Venture Capitalism -- You have two cows. You sell three of them to your publicly listed company, using letters of credit opened by your brother-in-law at the bank, then execute a debt/equity swap with an
associated general offer so that you get all four cows back, with a tax exemption for five cows. The milk rights of the six cows are transferred via an intermediary to a Cayman Island company secretly owned by the majority shareholder who sells the rights to all seven cows back to your listed company. The annual report says the company owns eight cows, with an option on one more. Now do you see why a company with $62 billion in assets is declaring bankruptcy?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    A man was doing a study of children's senses in a first grade class using a bowl of Lifesavers. He gave the children all kinds of Lifesavers and asked them."What is the flavor, and what color is it?
    The children began to say,"Red-cherry; yellow-lemon; lime-green;orange-orange."
    Finally he gave them honey-flavored Lifesavers. The children sucked on them for awhile, but couldn't decipher the taste.
    "Well." he said. "I'll give you a clue.It's what your mother would call your father."
    One little girl looked up in horror, spit hers out and yelled"Everybody spit it out,
    They're assholes!" <IMG alt="image" SRC="biggrin.gif" border="0">
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