Angus, the most stoic and dour of Scots was in the pub and crying.
Iain, a fine, brave lad stepped forward and volunteered to question Angus, a notable brawler. A crowd gathered outside the door.
"Angus, why are you tearring up? Do you have sometin in yourrr eye?" asked Iain.
"Nay, laddie. Tis worrse than that. Ya know me two Clydesdales, Billy and Ben?" said Angus.
"Aye, Angus. They be the two bonniest horses in the county."
"Well, laddie. They up and died on me." said Angus.
A collective gasp arose from the crowd assembled outside.
"NO!" exclaimed Iain. "Twatt a terrrrible shame."
"Tis worrrse than you know." said Angus. "Not only werrre they the two finest horses in the county, but I was training them not to eat 'n I'd a had em down to nothing in another week."
PunchlineYou think you heard the punchline but did not.
Substitute US economy for Clydesdale and Socialist for Scot.
Now you are crying too.