[CS-FSLUG] A slow day in an East Texas

Fred A. Miller fmiller at lightlink.com
Wed Dec 9 19:16:52 CST 2009

Just about the best summation I've seen.

It's a slow day in a little East Texas town. 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 rich tourist
from back east is driving through town. He stops at the local 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 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 a lot more

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States Government is
conducting business these days.

SOCIALISM is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance 
and the gospel of envy. Its inherent virtue is the equal 
sharing of misery. -Winston Churchill

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