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November 30, 2011 / theoldsilly

Hilarious Hump Day – This is Stimulation?

It’s a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is 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. As soon as he walks upstairs, the hotel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

(Stay with this … and pay attention)

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 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 owner.

(Almost done…keep reading)

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything. At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town now thinks that they are out of debt and there is a false
atmosphere of optimism and glee.

And that, my friends, is how a “stimulus package” works!


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  1. Mary Vaughn / Nov 30 2011 7:02 am

    Oh so true, Marvin.

  2. tashabud / Nov 30 2011 1:40 pm

    That’s an interesting way to explain it.

    • theoldsilly / Nov 30 2011 2:41 pm

      Interesting, and … kind of disturbing, hmm?

  3. Stanley Berber / Nov 30 2011 2:31 pm

    Yep. That’s pretty much how she works, alright!

  4. John Standish / Nov 30 2011 2:33 pm

    Ya gotta laugh, even though it’s not funny, eh? Sheesh – otherwise anyone who sees what’s really happening with this f**cked up administration would lose any last vestige of sanity!!!!!

  5. Margot Winston / Nov 30 2011 2:44 pm

    I’ve never been in favor of “stimulus” programs – they are just fluff, giving the appearance of progress … but they are a sign of these times, where we continue as a NATION to live on credit and increasing debt, now even resorting to printing out trillions of paper money, backed up by nothing, to pay off our debts!!! OUTRAGEOUS!!

  6. Katy / Dec 2 2011 7:36 am

    Marvin I think someone hijacked your email. I just got one of those “I am stuck in England and have been robbed. Send money emails and the reply addy is really yours. Katy

    • theoldsilly / Dec 2 2011 1:57 pm

      Katy, thanks for the heads-up, and yes, I know about the hacking. I’m reworking all my sites’ passwords, upgrading my firewall, everything I can do. Sorry for any inconvenience!

  7. yvonne lewis / Dec 2 2011 9:27 am

    Most interesting Marvin.

  8. yvonne lewis / Dec 2 2011 9:57 am

    I too have recieved an email like Katy. thought you might like to know.


  9. Helen Ginger / Dec 2 2011 10:31 am

    Marvin that was wonderful and funny and oh so true.

  10. Arlee Bird / Dec 6 2011 11:32 pm

    The story actually made sense and seems logical. That’s scary.

    Glad you’re not stuck in England with no money.

    I’m stuck in L.A. can you send me $100?

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    • theoldsilly / Dec 7 2011 9:46 am

      Me too! But most people who know me – as a writer and editor – knew right away it was a scam because of the bad grammar.

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