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The Stimulus Plan explained

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by ec90t, Feb 21, 2009.

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  1. ec90t

    ec90t Guest

    Shortly after class, an economics student approaches his economics
    professor and says, "I don't understand this stimulus bill. Can you
    explain it to me?"

    The professor replied, "I don't have any time to explain it at my office,
    but if you come over to my house on Saturday and help me with my weekend
    project, I'll be glad to explain it to you." The student agreed.

    At the agreed-upon time, the student showed up at the professor's house.
    The professor stated that the weekend project involved his backyard pool.

    They both went out back to the pool, and the professor handed the student
    a bucket. Demonstrating with his own bucket, the professor said, "First,
    go over to the deep end, and fill your bucket with as much water as you
    can." The student did as he was instructed.

    The professor then continued, "Follow me over to the shallow end, and then
    dump all the water from your bucket into it." The student was naturally
    confused, but did as he was told.

    The professor then explained they were going to do this many more times,
    and began walking back to the deep end of the pool.

    The confused student asked, "Excuse me, but why are we doing this?"

    The professor matter-of-factly stated that he was trying to make the
    shallow end much deeper.

    The student didn't think the economics professor was serious, but figured
    that he would find out the real story soon enough.

    However, after the 6th trip between the shallow end and the deep end, the
    student began to become worried that his economics professor had gone
    mad. The student finally replied, "All we're doing is wasting valuable
    time and effort on unproductive pursuits. Even worse, when this process
    is all over, everything will be at the same level it was before, so all
    you'll really have accomplished is the destruction of what could have been
    truly productive action!"

    The professor put down his bucket and replied with a smile,
    "Congratulations. You now understand the stimulus bill."

  2. bigdogtx

    bigdogtx Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2006
    In a nutshell!!
  3. PerazziBigBore

    PerazziBigBore TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I like that..
  4. Recoil Sissy

    Recoil Sissy Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Way to complex for Flincher and quinn. You'll need to dumb it down for them.
  5. Frank C

    Frank C Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    another good one....
  6. ec90t

    ec90t Guest

    I wish that I could take credit for this, but I can't. It was emailed to me by a friend and it was too good not to share.

  7. JBrooks

    JBrooks TS Member

    Nov 6, 2006
    Good analogy but it leaves out the part where the student & prof are like government bureaucrats. They spend 30 years getting paid really well to carry the water and then retire on great pensions.
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