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Imagine two guys in a fishing boat. One believes they’ll have more luck in a different part of the pond. The other doesn’t. The first, impassioned and seeing no other option (let’s say the oar is in the hands of the second) stands up and begins rocking the boat, threatening to tip it over. Now, nobody can fish. The water is disturbed, the fish flee in all directions, and the sinker bobs fruitlessly.
Now imagine that every fish is a certain many billions of dollars, a smooth pond is a stable and inviting economic system, and the boat and the guys in it… Well, I’m sure you get who they are.
Funny thing is, yours truly did not make up this analogy. I’d love to take credit, but I heard it today during a lecture on nuclear brinksmanship. And I was really disappointed when I easily replaced Nuke-Wielding Guy #1 with ‘Insurgency Republicans, and Co.’ and Nuke-Wielding Guy #2 with ‘Democrats and Responsible Republicans.’
Except, this analogy doesn’t truly fit. See, in a nuclear brinksmanship example, both sides threatened destruction. Neither wanted a nuclear war, but there were definitely two guys in the boat, threatening to tip it over.
Now, there is one. And this is the second time he’s stood up, flailing his arms, and rocking the boat. I’m not saying that dissent is bad. I’m not saying he doesn’t have a right to stand up. I’m just saying he’s acting like a jerk.
Because that boat isn’t his. That boat represents us. The people. Voters. Taxpayers who built that hull, and made that oar. So when you threaten to tip it over, threaten to send that boat under, after we spent the last five years bailing out water, you are no longer a representative of the people. You are a threat to the people. And do you know what happens to people who threaten American citizens? SEAL Team 6. OK, maybe not.
Still, this is outrageous. We get it. You don’t like Obamacare. But a lot of Americans do. Americans had the chance to agree with you last year, but when November 7 rolled around they picked the guy whose name was in the program you seem to think will end the world. Look, there he is. In the Oval Office. Super tired of this constant bickering and crisis. And frankly, so am I.
Every time Congress is in the news it’s because a bunch of government people are running around shouting at the media about the end of America as we know it and fiscal responsibility blah blah blah. Stop. Get in your board room. Talk it out like grown adults. You’re smart. Some of you went to Harvard. It’s a pity more of you didn’t go to Penn.
If you had, you might have learned a little economics, maybe a little business. You might understand that when you rock the boat, people get nervous. When the water is murky, nobody wants to dive. Shutting down means forfeiting market share to rivals. You learn that all governments are in the business of creating the best market conditions possible, the most stable access to goods and resources. These past three weeks, the government has been an obstacle. These past three weeks, it’s failed. Do better.