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How a “Stimulus Package” works…

It is a slow day in the small Saskatchewan town of Pump Handle and streets are deserted.

Times are tough, everybody is in debt and 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 care giver, who has also been facing hard  times and has had to offer her services on credit.

The caregiver 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 looks to the future with a lot more optimism.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a “stimulus package” works…


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