How should we judge a government?

In Malaysia, if you don't watch television or read newspapers, you are uninformed; but if you do, you are misinformed!

"If you're not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing." - Malcolm X

Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience - Mark Twain

Why we should be against censorship in a court of law: Publicity is the very soul of justice … it keeps the judge himself, while trying, under trial. - Jeremy Bentham

"Our government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no
responsibility at the other. " - Ronald Reagan

Government fed by the people

Government fed by the people

Career options

Career options
I suggest government... because nobody has ever been caught.

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?

Corruption so prevalent it affects English language?
Corruption is so prevalent it affects English language?

When there's too much dirt...

When there's too much dirt...
We need better tools... to cover up mega corruptions.

Prevent bullying now!

Prevent bullying now!
If you're not going to speak up, how is the world supposed to know you exist? “Orang boleh pandai setinggi langit, tapi selama ia tidak menulis, ia akan hilang di dalam masyarakat dan dari sejarah.” - Ananta Prameodya Toer (Your intellect may soar to the sky but if you do not write, you will be lost from society and to history.)

Friday, August 10, 2012

How the European bailout package works

It is a slow day in a little Greek Village. The rain is beating down
and the streets are deserted.  Times are tough, everybody is in
debt, and everybody lives on credit.

On this particular day a rich German tourist is driving through the
village, stops at the local hotel and lays a €100 note on the desk,
telling the hotel owner he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs in
order to pick one to spend the night.

The owner gives him some keys and, as soon as the visitor has walked
upstairs, the hotelier grabs the €100 note and runs next door to pay
his debt to the butcher.

The butcher takes the €100 note and runs down the street to repay his
debt to the pig farmer. The pig farmer takes the €100 note and heads
off to pay his bill at the supplier of feed and fuel. The guy at the
Farmers' Co-op takes the €100 note and runs to pay his drinks bill at
the taverna.  The publican slips the money along to the local
prostitute drinking at the bar, who has also been facing hard times
and has had to offer him "services" on credit. The hooker then
rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill to the hotel owner with
the €100 note.

The hotel proprietor then places the €100 note back on the counter so
the rich traveller will not suspect anything.   At that moment the
traveller comes down the stairs, picks up the €100 note, states that
the rooms are not satisfactory, pockets the money, and leaves town.

No one produced anything.
No one earned anything.
However, the whole village is now out of debt and looking to the
future with a lot more optimism.

In other words, the economy just need a catalyst from outside to jump start it.



Anonymous said...

Moral of the story is that you can easily settle a small loan. What if is €100 billion instead? If you buy on credit and can't make enough to pay back your loan, the you are in big trouble.
This story is just another Greek mythology.

KoSong Cafe said...

Of course, it is a very very simplified story to explain a very complex financial problem. But if we were to think of any entity in dire straits, all it needs might be a helping hand to tide things over, regardless of the amount. For eg. China is able and willing to take over all of Greece's debts and allow it to function over a necessary period of time.