Stimulus Package 101

Stimulus package … wahwahwah … good for economy … wahwahwah … share the wealth … wahwahwah …

It’s complicated, right? Well here’s a little something I found at Cookie’s place that might clear things up for you:



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.”


And the economy? A mess, right? No one disputes that. However, this gentleman sums it up very nicely.

WARNING: There is no profanity, but he is pretty dramatic. Please push past the theatrics, (especially the baby part, it gets really good after he drops that facade), look away from your monitor and just listen if you have to, but what he says is absolutely fascinating. He’s in your face, and a bit loud, but he explains why he does that later – which again, makes perfect sense.

If you’re a conservative? You’ll appreciate it. If you’re not a conservative, listen anyway. I think we can all agree that our country is past the point of petty arguments and partisan games. Let’s not screw this up for our children, okay?

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 🙂

2 thoughts on “Stimulus Package 101”

  1. I can only hope that the stimulus package will be at least a little more effective than the swimming pool scenario. Still, I’m not holding my breath on that one!

  2. Many years ago,
    I did start studying “National Economics” here in Norway.
    The Professor gave us a definition what of what the study wqs all about:

    You will learn all the technics to predict the future of a Nations Economy,
    and afterwards,
    have the ability explain why it went wrong.

    PS. It’s nice to have some moments to read and comment again

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