The title of this post refers to a hip-hop “song” from some years ago, which in turn refers to the hundred-dollar bill. In certain circles the C-note is known as a “Benjamin” because it features a portrait of Benjamin Franklin on its front.
However, tonight’s topic is a European one, so we need a more suitable title drawn from an appropriate ethnic context. The design on the front of the hundred-euro note features a “window in the Baroque and Rococo style”. Hmm. Not much we can do with that. “It’s all about the Windows”? Or maybe: “It’s all about the Barokies”?
Not very euphonic…
Perhaps we could use Pounds Sterling instead. The portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elisabeth II appears on British banknotes. “It’s all about the Besses”, maybe…? But that will stale-date before too much longer, and then we’d have to switch to (God help us) “It’s all about the Chuckies”. Or, if his subjects are lucky, he might abdicate in favor of his eldest, and we’ll say “It’s all about the Willies”.
The inspiration for all this whimsy came from a Fox News article that Fjordman found for tonight’s news feed. It seems that Pope Francis has announced that the Vatican will do its share to solve the “migration crisis” by taking in two (count them! 2!) refugee families:
Vatican will shelter 2 families fleeing war, hunger, as Pope calls on Europe to do the same
The Vatican will shelter two families of refugees who are “fleeing death” from war or hunger, Pope Francis announced Sunday as he called on Catholic parishes, convents and monasteries across Europe to do the same.
Francis cited Mother Teresa, the European-born nun who cared for the poorest in India, in making his appeal in remarks to pilgrims and tourists in St. Peter’s Square.
Well, isn’t that nice! A real gesture of solidarity with the poor huddled masses of wretched refuse from Basra to Casablanca.
The Pope wants Europe to step up and “do the same”. But what would be the appropriate share of “the same” for other European countries? I don’t have the time to do the calculations for the whole of the European Union, so I’ll just stick to a compare-and-contrast between the Vatican and the United Kingdom.
The Vatican has a population of about 1,000 people. If they take in two immigrant families, that’s one family per 500 Vatican inhabitants.
To get a feeling of how proportionate this is, look at the UK. Britain has a population of about 64 million (64,000,000). If the UK were to take in one family per 500 natives, as the Vatican proposes, that would come to 64,000,000 / 500 = 128,000 families. That’s a fair number of people, all right.
But wait! We all know that Pope Francis is like Smaug sitting atop a huge pile of gold…
The Vatican has a net worth of an estimated $12 billion ($12,000,000,000). A comparable figure for the UK would be its GDP, which is estimated at $2.7 trillion ($2,700,000,000,000).
So when the Vatican takes in two families, that means one family for $12,000,000,000 / 2 = $6,000,000,000, that is, one family for every $6 billion of its collective wealth.
If the UK were to absorb one family for every $6 billion of GDP, it would take in only $2,700,000,000,000 / $6,000,000,000 or just 450 families.
To put it another way: if the UK took in all those 128,000 families as calculated based on its relative population, and had $6 billion in national wealth for each of those families, the UK would have to have a GDP of 128,000 × $6,000,000,000 = $768,000,000,000,000 — $768 trillion!
That means the Vatican is proposing to absorb only 2.7 / 768, or about 0.35% of its share. Proportionately speaking, it should take in at least 569 immigrant families.
Come on, Pope Francis! Put your migrants where your money is!