Monday, 18 October 2010

A Hole Lot of Holes

Sometimes, in the middle of a political race....political figures will say some pretty stupid things.

Over the weekend....Senator Harry Reid spoke up and tried to compare President Obama to a trapped Chilean miner.

I sat and pondered over a comparison like this.  You could compare the President to a NASCAR driver, a NCAA football coach with two losses in a row, or perhaps even a thirsty sailor on liberty with $64k in his pocket but stranded in a dry Bama county.

This comparison was explained that George W. Bush had dug such a huge hole, that when President Obama finally showed up....he was himself  in a "hole so deep that he couldn't see the outside world".  Naturally, Harry did added that "It was like the Chilean miners, but he, being the man he is, rolled up his sleeves and said 'I am going to get us out of this hole.'"

From what I remember last week, the miners couldn't do a thing, and actually needed some folks who were outside the hole to figure out how to remove them from the hole.  But I'm guessing that Harry didn't catch that part of the news.

Course, if you wanted to use this hole analogy, then you'd have to wonder how stimulus fits into the hole.  I pondered upon this, and felt that stimulus was like whiskey poured into the hole for everyone in the hole to drink while sitting in the hole....and didn't have much of anything to do with getting folks out of the hole.

Then I started thinking about absorbing two car companies while in the hole and then developing a strategy where the GM and Chrysler would be in the hole with all of us.  Ford would have course, been up on the top looking down, and asking if we needed any advice on how to run things....but it's best not to get into details about that.

Then I wondered about saving banks while in the hole.  Basically, you'd be handing them a shovel while sitting in the hole and asking if they feel like digging out of the hole.  Bankers don't tend to know much about digging so everyone would just stand there and gaze upon the landscape of the hole.

I'm kinda hoping that Harry doesn't make comparisons like this in the future.  If Harry doesn't win in November....he'd have to go back to Nevada and just work on new hole strategies and comparisons.  It might be interesting to ask him questions next summer after he'd had enough time to analyze a bunch of holes.