It had been raining and cold for weeks in the little town. Everyone was miserable, with very little money, constantly in debt and living on credit.
A rich tourist arrives at the local hotel and asks the hotel-owner if he could inspect his bed-rooms to see if they were suitable to bring his family along at a later date.
As a sign of good faith he placed 1000 dollars on the reception desk whereupon the hotel owner hands over his master keys for all the bedrooms.
As soon as the tourist went upstairs the hotel-keeper picked up the 1000 dollars and ran to the local farmer and handed him the $1000 to repay him for keeping his hotel going by giving food supplies on credit.
The farmer immediately took the $1000 to pay his debts to his supplier at the Farmer's Co-operative.
The Farmer's Co-operative manager took the $1000 to his local publican who had given him drink on credit over the dreary winter months.
The publican handed over the $1000 to a local prostitute who was propping up the bar and had provided her "services" on credit during the recent hard-times.
The prostitute then took the $1000 to the hotel-owner who had let her use his rooms on credit to carry out her business deals.
The hotel-keeper put the $1000 back on the reception desk and the tourist came back, picked up his deposit and left.
No-one produced anything. No-one earned anything. However, the town was out of debt and looking forward to the future with a great deal more optimism.
Aren't bail-outs wonderful?