Dedication

This website is devoutly dedicated to all of Larry's friends and associates, both early and late, who have influenced and mentored him. However, it also should be noted that, being who they are, a majority of them have been late most of the time.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

News from Pumphandle, West Virginia


 It's a slow day in the small village of Pumphandle, West Virginia.

 Times are tough.

 The streets are deserted.

 Everyone is in debt, and most of the local folks are living on credit.

 A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk.

 He tells the motel owner that he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs, and perhaps will pick one for the night.
 As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the money and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
 The butcher hurries down the street to pay what he owes to the pig farmer.
 The pig farmer takes the money and pays his bill to the Co-op.

 The guy from the Co-op goes to the motel, and pays for the previous lodging for him and his wife from their wedding anniversary celebration
 The hotel owner then puts the $100 back on the counter, and waits for the tourist to come back downstairs.

 The tourist comes back downstairs, complains that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up his moneyl, and goes on his way.

 No one produced anything.

 No one earned anything.

 Just the same, folks in the town now think they are out of debt ,and there now is an atmosphere of hope for better days.

 And that, my friends, is how "Stimulus" works