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Thursday, August 18, 2011
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.
I hope you realize the story is true…only the names have been changed to protect the guilty.
Thanks for your precious time.