I recently received the following article from a friend. I have no idea who the author was or where it originated, but I believe it is worth sharing in these troubled times:
Its' a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough and everyone is in debt and living on credit.
A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the hotel and lays a $100 bill on the desk, saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.
(Now stay with this and pay attention.)
As soon as he walks upstairs, the owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the co-op.
The guy at the co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who also has been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.
The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the owner.
The proprietor then places the $100 back on the desk so the traveler will not suspect anything.
Just then, the traveler comes down the stairs, states the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 dollar bill and leaves.
No one produced anything, no one earned anything. However, the whole town now thinks they are out of debt and there is a false atmosphere of optimism and glee.
And that, my friends, is how a "government stimulus package" works!
D. F. Heimrick,