Press Talk A politicians best friend is …

first_imgThis too shall pass.Oh, I suspect most of us have heard this phrase. And there is much good about it.For example, if you’ve had a bad day or bad week, it’s important to remember the odds are the next day or the next week will be better. Whatever it is that has you down, well, it will pass.Unfortunately, it is my humble opinion that most politicians have embraced this mantra to rationalize the stupid stuff they often do.History of the sayingThis too shall pass is attributed to Persian poets who tell the story of a powerful king who asks a bunch of wise men to create something to make him happy when he is sad. Or visa versa.So they crafted a ring with those words etched on it.Jewish folklore also has used it.Back to the political useToday, our political leaders couldn’t appreciate the saying more. They have figured out the secret formula:Do stupid stuff. Make yourself unavailable or allow a brief storm of protest, knowing “brief” is the operative word. Let the serfs feel like we’re listening. Then as politicians, we can quickly get back to normal so we can do more stupid stuff.See? This too shall pass. There’s a little brief pain, but everything is back to normal pretty darn quickly.Politicians know there rarely are any lasting consequences. When the Vancouver City Council gave the city manager a $30,000 a year raise (that’s a 17 percent increase, for those doing the math) we did a big story on it. I also wrote a column questioning the logic of it. We even did an unscientific poll on our website, and more than 75 percent of the respondents said the city manager was not worth that kind of raise. More than 1,400 votes were recorded.last_img