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  • Edición impresa de Julio 8, 2010

A few days ago I received the following story via e-mail.  I think it’s the kind of story that throws some light to our current financial situation.

It is particularly appropriate after reading that several of the 50 states of the union are in virtual bankruptcy; nonetheless we continue to live as if the splendor from years past is a reality today.

Here is the story.

“A rich tourist is driving through a town where everyone is in debt. He stops at the 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 off her room bill with the motel 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 optimism.

“And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how the United States government is conducting business today.”

If you have been living on unemployment benefits, or just attended a class to update your skills in order to fund a job and still there is no job for you, or since you were getting help from the government you have not been looking for work because the new salary would be less that what you receive while doing nothing, then you are one of many who have been passing the buck, without creating something new.

What do you have to lose? just maybe your dignity and the zest for creating new resources.

For people coming from abroad where government does not have such a free hand in giving away things, living off government help is something new and foreign.  But after a while they may start to think that is not such a bad idea. After all if it’s done in the ‘greatest country in the world’ as a way of life, why not try it and enjoy it.

Never mind that the next generation will rely on such handouts and become less and less self-reliant.

But beware, once you lose your creativity and you accommodate to an easy way of life, it’s more and more difficult to break the chains and be free to create your own destiny.

In these days when Independence has been celebrated in United States and many other countries will celebrate their own let us hope that individuals can set themselves free from handouts and fake solvency.






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