Times are tough , everybody is in debt , and everybody lives on credit …
On this particular day a rich tourist from back east is driving through town. He stops at the motel and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one to spend the night.
As soon as the man walks upstairs , the 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 at the supplier of feed and fuel.
The guy at the Farmer’s 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 rich traveler will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs , picks up the $100 bill , states that the rooms are not satisfactory , pockets the money and leaves town.
No one produced anything … No one earned anything … However , the whole town is now out of debt and now looks to the future with great optimism.
And that , ladies and gentlemen , is how the United States Government is conducting business today.