Title text: New research shows over 60% of the financial collapse's toxic assets were created by power drills.
Homeownership can be empowering, as it allows the owner to do anything they wish with their property. This can lead to mishaps however, as shown in the comic when Cueball drills holes in the house to prove his ownership, to the point of structural instability.
The title text references the fact that 60% of the toxic assets involved in the United States housing bubble were houses, the construction of which typically involves the use of power drills (and other power tools) to construct the supports.
- [Cueball is in an empty room, on the phone with a friend.]
- Cueball: I've always rented, so this blows my mind—this house is mine? I own a building?
- Friend: Yup!
- Cueball: I could, like, decide to drill a hole in that wall there, and nobody could do anything about it?
- Friend: That's right!
- [Cueball, off the phone, stands in silence.]
- [Cueball is standing next to a pile of rubble, on the phone with a friend.]
- Cueball: Can I come stay with you? My house has a ... problem.
- Friend: Let me guess: you drilled holes in it until it collapsed?
- Cueball: I don't think I'm cut out for homeownership.