South Park’s latest episode, Margaritaville, takes on the economy, the subject of which has been a vexing topic of controversy and consternation. Of course South Park deals with the dismal science in a way that only South Park can.
Spoilers may ensue below.
Money is vanishing from South Park banks as quickly as they can be deposited. Stores and businesses are closing. People are losing their jobs. Who is to blame?
One shopping mall orator claims it is the government for keeping down interest rates. Another maintains it is the Wall Street investors. Eric Cartman is pretty sure it is Jewish conspiracy. Randy, Stan’s father, who owns the Margaritaville margarita maker, convinces almost everyone that frivolous, overconsumption is to blame. The Economy, who is like onto a wrathful Old Testament God, is angry with its people.
Very soon, everyone is wearing bed sheets, tooling around on lamas, and throwing live squirrels at economic heretics like Mr. Garrison. If this is not bad enough, Stan is on a fruitless quest to return the Margaritaville margarita maker, first to the store where it was bought, then the finance company that gave his dad the loan to buy it, then the Wall Street investors who invested the money for the loan, skipping the banks who bought the Margaritaville securities straight to the Department of the Treasury that bailed out the banks.
At the Department of the Treasury, Stan finds out how government economic policy is made. It involves a headless chicken and something that looks like a combination of the Wheel of Fortune and an Ouija board.
Meanwhile Kyle, the young Jewish boy, preaches the Gospel of the Economy. The Economy is not a wrathful God, but just the spirit of everyone. For it to work, one simply must have faith. Otherwise money is just pieces of paper and credit cards inert plastic.
This good news about the economy brings down the wrath of Randy and his followers, who vow to kill Kyle to stop his heresy. Eric Cartman is willing to betray Kyle for the price of a new, violent video game that he has been yearning for. Less expensive than thirty pieces of silver.
After a Last Supper at the local pizza parlor, with Cartman sitting in the Judas position, Kyle decides it is time to make a sacrifice. And Kyle so loved the world that he took the debts of the world onto himself, using his brand new Platinum American Express Card with no spending limit.
And so, debt free, the people went forth to buy more things (no doubt getting more into debt) and thus jump starting the economy. In a way, it was a Reagan style supply side effect, giving money back to the people to spend and save.
But did Kyle get the credit for saving the economy? Nay, for there was one false prophet who is certain that there is one Messiah and Kyle is not it. President Barack Obama took credit.
Trust South Park to explain all that one needs to know about economic, economic policy, and economic politics in just under twenty two minutes.
Source: Southpark: Margaritaville, TV.Com