Remember Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlin
Posted by: Anonymous Coward
on January 23, 2006 11:56 AM
The normal profits of a business concern in the United States are six, eight, ten, and sometimes twelve percent. But war-time profits – ah! that is another matter – twenty, sixty, one hundred, three hundred, and even eighteen hundred per cent – the sky is the limit. All that traffic will bear. Uncle Sam has the money. Let's get it. Of course, it isn't put that crudely in war time. It is dressed into speeches about patriotism, love of country, and "we must all put our shoulders to the wheel," but the profits jump and leap and skyrocket – and are safely pocketed.
-- U.S. Marine Corps Major General Smedley Darlington Butler, winner of 2 Congressional Medals of Honor