Posted by Exile on March 3, 2010
This appeared in my email and I just had to share it. I have no idea who thought this one through but his logic is surprisingly well founded.
It is a slow day in the small Minnesota town of Marshall, and the streets
are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is
living on credit.
A rich tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel,
lays a $100 bill on the desk and says he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs
before selecting one for the night.
As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel 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 Farmer’s Co-op.
The guy at the Farmer’s Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the
local prostitute, who has also 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 hotel
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the rich
traveller will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are
not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves town.
No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town
is now out of debt and looks to the future with a lot more optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how Stimulus works.