Saturday, February 21, 2009

Trash Talking our Way to Prosperity and Happiness

Dear George,

I see in the news that Billyboy Clinton wants Obama to talk nice about the economy. He wants more optimism at a time when dystopian pessimism would be more prudent.

What Billyboy wants is a return to that traditional Main Street virtue, boosterism. He wants a return to the days when small town newspapers were not harbingers of truth and objectivity, but were house organs for the local Chamber of Commerce. Unpleasant truths never saw the light of day.

He also is overlooking the fact that we’re in the age of the Presidential Prattle Paradox. Whatever a president says, the exact opposite comes to pass. You, if anyone, should know about that. Iraq was to be a cakewalk; we were to bring democracy and stability to the Middle East; the economy was in good shape.

Were Obama to trash-talk the economy, the Dow would be back up to 12,000 in no time.

So, let’s stay away from the happy talk.

Your admirer,
Belacqua Jones

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