Thursday, July 03, 2008

George W. Bush, pornography stimulator

By Michael J.W. Stickings

An unintended consequence? Sure, but, given American tastes and interests, perhaps a predictable one -- and certainly a hilarious one:

An unforeseen and surprising beneficiary of the Economic Stimulus Plan, a plan that George Bush contends will "boost our economy and encourage job creation," has surfaced this week. An independent market-research firm, AIMRCo (Adult Internet Market Research Company), has discovered that many websites focused on adult or erotic material have experienced an upswing in sales in the recent weeks since checks have appeared in millions of Americans' mailboxes across the country.

According to Kirk Mishkin, Head Research Consultant for AIMRCo, "Many of the sites we surveyed have reported 20-30% growth in membership rates since mid-May when the checks were first sent out, and typically the summer is a slow period for this market."


Jillian Fox, spokeswoman for LSGmodels.com, one of the sites reporting figures to AIMRCo, added, "In a June 15, 2008 survey to our members, thirty two percent of respondents referenced the recent stimulus package as part of their decision to either become a new member, or renew an existing membership."

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Fox also added, "Getting more people to buy porn was probably the last thing Bush had on his mind when he came up with his 'stimulus package,' but we'll take it."

Well, how did you think Americans would spend their Bush-backed stimulation-package cash? On ExxonMobil stock? Hardly. (The American porn industry may not be as big as some claims would suggest, but it's still huge, a multi-billion-dollar business that obviously has enough consumers to keep it booming.)

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More from Think Progress: "NPR reported this week that the Shady Lady Ranch in Nevada 'is offering gas cards to lure people in, and the Moonlite Bunny Ranch has a deal called "double your stimulus" for folks who bring in their federal tax rebate checks.'"

Good times. Even with a crappy economy.

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