[Northkeep] FW: [Baen Humor] Stimulus Bill Explanation

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Thu Feb 19 15:41:49 PST 2009

Sent: Thursday, February 19, 2009 11:57 AM
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Subject: [Baen Humor] Stimulus Bill Explanation

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 

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."

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