It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan
town of Pumphandle and 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 motel, 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 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 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.
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 is now out of debt
and now looks to the future with a lot more
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a
"stimulus package" works.