Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Economics 101

The following came in on an email today and was too good not to share with you all:

It is

the month of August, a resort town sits next to the shores of a


It is raining and the little town looks totally deserted. Times


tough; everybody is in debt and everybody lives on


Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town.

He enters the only hotel, lays a 100 dollar bill on the


counter and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to

pick one.

The hotel proprietor takes the 100 dollar

bill and runs to pay his

debt to the butcher.


Butcher takes the 100 dollar bill, and runs to pay his debt to

the pig


The pig raiser takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to pay

his debt to

the supplier of his feed and fuel.

The supplier of

feed and fuel takes the 100 dollar bill and runs to

pay his debt to the

town's prostitute that in these hard times, gave her

"services" on


The hooker runs to the hotel and pays off her debt

with the 100

dollar bill to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that

she rented

when she brought her clients there.


hotel proprietor then lays the 100 dollar bill back on the

counter so that

the rich tourist will not suspect anything.

At that

moment, the rich tourist comes down after inspecting the

rooms and takes

his 100 dollar bill, after saying that he did not like

any of the rooms,

and leaves town.

No one earned anything. However, the

whole town is now without debt,

and looks to the future with a lot of


And that, ladies and

gentlemen, is how the United States Government

is doing business



  1. Excellent, I must try that. All I need is a large banknote to get things rolling....

  2. ......and the world turns. :-)

    I've seen several different analogies over past months, invented to enable the Great Unwashed and Unenlightened In the Ways of Finance to understand what's going on these days - this one is the best so far, WWW :-)

  3. @Nick:
    Make sure there's nothing backing that note!!
    It has worked perfectly, n'est pas?
    A dirge is certainly called for.
    I thought it was pretty understandable, frightening though.


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