After yesterday’s ruling by the Karlsruhe constitutional court dismissing Berlin’s claim for emergency federal debt aid, the city will now have to pull itself out of debt by itself. Never having had to do this before, several of the city’s big-spending politicians now find themselves in what appears to be a mild to mildly serious state of shock. Berlin now faces a debt of 60 billion euros ($75,000,000,000) and interest payments of roughly 2.4 billion euros a year.

Clearly at a loss as to what to do next, and unable to believe that the party is finally over, Berlin mayor Klaus Wowereit nevertheless showed true leadership qualities and improvisational talent by asking innocent bystanders “how can I save 1.5 to 2 billion euros in the current budget?” After noting down a few suggestions, he then turned and asked the gathering, curious crowd if they had any idea just how poor Berlin was.

“No,” They replied in unison.

“Berlin is so poor,” continued Wowereit. “That burglars break into our city hall at night and actually leave money.

Berliners are so poor that they go to Kentucky Fried Chicken to lick other people’s fingers.

Talk about poor! Berlin’s so poor that somebody saw the city wobbling down the street on one shoe the other day and yelled ‘Lost a shoe?” “Nope,” we say, “Just found one.’

I got a million of these, folks.”

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