Monday, August 22, 2011
US GOVERNMENT DEBTS
It is the month of August, on the shores of the Black Sea. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough times, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
Suddenly, a rich tourist comes to town. He enters the only hotel, lays a 500 Euro note on the reception counter, and goes to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one.
The hotel proprietor takes the 500 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the butcher.
The Butcher takes the 500 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the pig grower.
The pig grower takes the 500 Euro note, and runs to pay his debt to the supplier of his feed and fuel.
The supplier of feed and fuel takes the 500 Euro note and runs to pay his debt to the town's prostitute that in these hard times, gave her "services" on credit.
The prostitute runs to the hotel, and pays off her debt with the 500 Euro note to the hotel proprietor to pay for the rooms that she rented when she brought her clients there.
The hotel proprietor then lays the 500 Euro note back on the counter so that the rich tourist will not suspect anything.
After about an hour inspecting the rooms, the rich tourist comes down, and takes his 500 Euro note, 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 optimism.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States Government does business.
From Pieter Pitojo