By 1-2 & TheUnrepentantGunner
This Saturday Zimbabwe will be holding a much more exciting election than the ones we hold. How can it be more exciting than the Obama v. Hillary fight Sunday Sunday Sunday? Well, we at 1-2 will be holding a contest of sorts to up the ante.
Zimbabwe, as you have no doubt read by now, has launched a revolutionary economic policy. It is so revolutionary that no one has ever implemented it before; certainly not in Germany, Chile, or Venezuela (although Chavez’s “Nuevo Bolivar” concept is brilliant, to cure hyperinflation all you have to do is remove the ‘0’s from the end of your currency). As a quick refresher you should read Long or Short Capital’s fine analysis on President Mugabe’s economic stimulus plan here.
These are troubled times for the bold pioneer of such a policy that Helicopter Ben can hardly dream of–not only helicopters dropping money, but rickshaws and horses too. You see, Mugabe is in potential danger of not getting to see his vision through to completion. He is being challenged by two candidates who lack the foresight to just print infinite amounts of money. As a result, Mugabe may have to get creative, and possibly print an infinite amount of ballots with his name already marked on them.
Whoever can come closet to the percentage of votes Mugabe will receive will win a prize. You can go to the nearest tenth of a percent, and Bobby Barker rules always apply, you cant ever ever go over. It should be noted that your prize will be valued at 50USD on April 1. The prize will then be tied to Zimbabwe’s inflation rate, and distributed on June 1st. We’re actually serious about both the prize and inflation-link.
Put your guesses in the comment fields; we will contact the winner. Keep in mind that the results may take a few days, as most of Zimbabwe's computing power is being occupied trying to find deserving Westerners a chance to hold onto $50 million dollars, and store it for them in exchange for a small one time fee of $10,000.
For those who don't trust their gut about the Mugabe efficiency theory, you can read a contrarian guide to handicapping the elections here (The Economist).