Taking Stock

WHAT I LEARNED AT THE ACCOUNTANT'S

My favorite cartoon shows an important executive speaking into the phone, a cross expression on his face: “A billion is a thousand million?” he exclaims. “Why wasn’t I informed of this?” I sent a copy of the cartoon to my accountant, so that he would know exactly with whom he was dealing. Addition and subtraction are about as far as my arithmetic skills extend, and even there I’m not exactly reliable. Algebra makes my head hurt.

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Jo McGowan, a Commonweal columnist, writes from Deradoon, India.