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I promised yesterday no election commentary. Well, I was just spending my 10 minutes of lunch leisure looking up the football schedules for this upcoming weekend when I ran across an observation that I see frequently, that ranks up there with yesterday's most idiotic things in print. And I like most of this guy's stuff:

And if you don't vote today, promise never, ever to complain about anyone in office, any laws they enact or anyone they place on the courts.

I should run a contest for who can come up with the best analogy. Maybe, if some politician has never run a business or had to meet a payroll, they have no right ever, never, ever, to complain about anyone in business, any products they produce or anyone they impact through their activities. I'll send a $10 gift card to Tim Horton's to my favorite response.

11 Responses to “I’m No Better than a Mendacious Politician”

  1. Speedmaster says:

    Sorry, Tim Horton's is not "local" enough. How about stimulating our local economy with a gift card to one of the area's hipster-friendly coffee houses?  😉

  2. Todd Kuipers says:

    Well, I did like Don Boudreaux's response fair bit – you could send him the Timmy's card…

  3. Harry says:

    How about the old stockbroker trick: “if you don’t buy 500 shares of Acme Dynamite right now, don’t complain if it’s three points higher tomorrow.” (Note: if Acme rises twenty percent thereafter, the broker will never cease reminding you of your missed opportunity, but if it drops at all, Acme will be forgotten.

    A variation on this theme is the Henry Kaufman Forecasting Ploy, as in, “T Bonds are going to 20% and stay there. “

  4. sherlock says:

    Inside the mind of your columnist,

    “I can’t vote for either of those GLORYYY BOYYYY first round candidates Obama and Romney. You have to go for the unheralded, undrafted guys. That builds winning teams and a winning America. Johnson? Nah too much me-first libertarian in him. Rocky Anderson? Does he want to blast asteroids? His name sure insinuates that he would. Rocky Anderson it is.”

  5. cmprostreet says:

    We’re going out tonight with a group of friends. No, it’s not optional. The amount each person will need to pay will be (partly) dependent on the total amount for the group. If you don’t order anything you have no right to complain about how much of the bill we leave to you.

  6. Dog-sized spider says:

    If you don’t write a letter to your favorite sports team saying that you will stop buying tickets and jerseys if they sign an athlete you don’t like, then you can never, ever, complain about anyone your team signs in the future or ever criticize how any athlete on the team plays.

  7. Harry says:

    I would like to hear from the crickets, and also the wise readers of this blog, on why we are not going down the poop chute. Of course , WC runs this blog, but he has .often written the headline about We are doomed. I am less interested in what the crickets might chirp , than I am in jb’s observations. And Professor Landsburg could do an editorial, to promote WC’s blog.

    I sure would like to hear from WC’s international readers as well. We forgive you for any errors in syntax, spelling, et cetera. I can do French and Spanish, and can do the Vatican folks who speak Latin.

  8. Michael says:

    I gave you two choices for supper: sewage or lead paint. If you don’t choose either, I don’t want to her you complaining that you’re hungry.

    • Harry says:

      Michael, how is that different from the stockbroker aka financial consultant?

      • Michael says:

        I thought that with yours, it was a take it or leave it deal, which the complaint was for one scenario (when the price goes up, not down). With mine, there are two things to take, both distasteful, or leave and don’t complain regardless of outcome.

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