Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The Wall St. Bailout


I found this excellent summary of the Wall St. Bailout at Grow-a-brain:

Once upon a time a man appeared in a village and announced to the villagers that he would buy monkeys for $10 each.

The villagers, seeing that there were many monkeys around, went out to the forest and started catching them. The man bought thousands at $10 and, as supply started to diminish, the villagers stopped their effort.

He next announced that he would now buy monkeys at $20 each. This renewed the efforts of the villagers and they started catching monkeys again. Soon the supply diminished even further and people started going back to their farms.

The offer increased to $25 each and the supply of monkeys became so scarce it was an effort to even find a monkey, let alone catch it! The man now announced that he would buy monkeys at $50 each! However, since he had to go to the city on some business, his assistant would buy on his behalf.

In the absence of the man, the assistant told the villagers: ‘Look at all these monkeys in the big cage that the man has already collected. I will sell them to you at $35 and when the man returns from the city, you can sell them to him for $50 each.’ The villagers rounded up all their savings and bought all the monkeys for 700 billion dollars.

They never saw the man or his assistant again, only lots and lots of monkeys.

Monkeys of Whidbey Island.


Bunk Strutts said...

Nice group image of the senior members of Congress, btw.

Merry Christmas to y'all and to y'all's!

samizdat said...

I wonder how many of the primates on the cards seen above are now extinct because we as Americans, Europeans and newly minted Asian middle class wanted a mahogany table or an ipe floor, or crude oil from Ecuador, or palm oil from Irean Jaya, or cheap soybean oil from Brazil, or...oh, well.

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