June 01, 2006

Honestly, now

from - RSA

I caught a bit of a radio show on NPR yesterday, in which various people were talking about the new pick for Treasury Secretary, Henry Paulson. One of the external talking heads said something that gave me a double-take. Here's a close paraphrase:

The President and the Treasury Secretary will regain credibility by being honest about the good and bad of the economy.

What struck me is a basic assumption underlying this prediction: What kind of person can be expected to regain credibility simply by being honest? This is the kind of thing said about people who have lost credibility through dishonesty--and it seems to be taken completely for granted about our President. It's sad.

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Posted by RSA at June 1, 2006 03:42 PM
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