Monday, May 05, 2008

Telling the truth

Thomas Friedman has now set us all straight:
We need a president who is tough enough to tell the truth to the American people. Any one of the candidates can answer the Red Phone at 3 a.m. in the White House bedroom. I’m voting for the one who can talk straight to the American people on national TV — at 8 p.m. — from the White House East Room.

Who will tell the people? We are not who we think we are. We are living on borrowed time and borrowed dimes. We still have all the potential for greatness, but only if we get back to work on our country
Too bad Dave Ramsey isn't running. Thing is, would any candidate be honest enough to straight talk the low income people, some of color, who were able to get that long-awaited home via the sub-prime backdoor? Or telling those struggling to buy gas they should be stuffing their leftover jingle in the nearest megabank at 3 percent interest instead of "stimulating the economy" (or themselves)?

Or does this have anything to do with those thrown pies?

But OK, OK, honesty is nice. More like a pipe dream. As Nicholson famously said, we can't always handle the truth. Or put more succinctly by our much maligned current leader, sometimes it's not possible to be "brutally honest". I want a president who has the ability to figure that out.


Uncle Pavian said...

One of the reasons that Dave Ramsey is willing to straight-talk the low-income people is that the people who call in to his show tend to be the ones who got out of debt in only 18 months with two jobs and a household income of $200,000.00 a year. It's a species of straight talk to tell people to get up off the couch and get a job delivering pizzas, but it's not much help.
I guess he means well, and people in the upper tax brackets need financial advice, too.

A.C. McCloud said...

Yep, people in the lower brackets already have 2-3 jobs just to survive, but they don't have much left to give back or save. That will never change unless you're suggesting we Robin Hood the system.