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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Just the Facts, Ma’am….

It's a slow day in Lubbock, Texas.

The sun is beating down, and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody lives on credit.
On this particular day a traveling Dallas salesman is driving through town. He stops at the Hotel Caprock and lays a $100 bill on
the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in order to pick one in which to spend the night.

As soon as the man walks upstairs, Woodrow, the owner, grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to Sam the butcher.
Sam takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to Charley, the pig farmer. Charley takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill at Gene’s Farmers Co-op, the local supplier of feed and fuel. Gene, at the Farmer's Co-op, takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to
the local prostitute, Chelsey, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit. Chelsey rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with Woodrow, the hotel owner.
Woodrow then places the $100 back on the counter so the travelling salesman will not suspect anything.

At that moment the salesman 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 a lot more optimism.

And that, my friend, is how the United States Government is conducting business today.

A classic with a twist

I hope you realize the story is true…only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.

Thanks for your precious time.



  1. Love that story Michael and glad to see you posting.
    Hope all is well with you.

  2. I've read that before but it is still funny...kinda...until you think about it...then it gets scary!

  3. Love it because it's so very very true.

  4. When I was in business in Alpine Texas I could never get it through the heads of the Chamber that TOURIST/VISITORS brought NEW money to town!!! Wish I had had that story back in the '80s.
    We did a calculation once and figured out that the dollar I took in circulated in town apx 15 times .

  5. Great post Michael. Good to see you posting again. The story probably proves something because it has the ring of truth, and it proves something else as well: I don't understand economics worth a damn.

  6. Absolutely fantastic post and great introduction for me to your website! I loved it. Heck, I might copy it on mine .... but I'll reference you. Good job!

  7. It is getting to the end of a very hot and long summer. I don't have the energy for the revolution that is needed...maybe October...

  8. Excellent and succinct look at the cluster@#$% that is our economy (wasn't sure if I should use the f word).I did come across a book that sounds interesting, "Sacred Economics," by Charles Eisenstein, which explains where we've been and where we're going and what it means from a somewhat "higher" perspective." I found the short bit I read very intriguing.

    This post is a good look at where we're at. Thanks for making it a tad bit clearer. I sometimes think "they" make it purposefully difficult for the average person to understand, even the above average, so "they" can say "Leave this to us. This is our area of expertise." Meanwhile, back at the chicken coop....

  9. Hey, good to see you check in. You doing okay? Hang in there, Summer will be gone soon!

  10. Thanks you all for commenting. I think of you each as family and friends. Have a great weekend!!