Comments: QOTD II

A teenager with a credit card is likely to get only himself in trouble (yes, I know Newt is alluding to the out-of-control spending, but his metaphor dodges the issue of "who's going to pay it when the bill comes due?"). To plagiarize from a more colorful writer, Obama is like a teenager turned loose with a bottle of Wild Turkey and the keys to the Hemi. Everyone in town is going to wind up taking a hit.

Posted by Keith Arnold at July 20, 2010 11:56 AM

Not to cut too fine of a line, but with the teenager, the kid runs up the tab and the parents pay. In this case, Obama runs up the tab and the public pays. Sounds apropos to me. The hemi analogy works, too.

Posted by Boulder Refugee at July 20, 2010 12:09 PM

Noted and agreed, br -- but if I'm daddy, I'm not giving him the AmEx in the first place. The visual of a flaming, twisted wreck on the side of the road just seemed a little more to the point...

Posted by Keith Arnold at July 20, 2010 12:36 PM

Daddy didn't want to, but Mommy did. (Remember that just under half of U.S. workers don't pay federal income taxes, and it's worse when you consider how many Americans might pay some taxes but get far more back from the government.)

Daddy's the one parent who's working himself to the bone, wondering how he'll ever make enough to pay for all the household's spending and steadily accelerating debt. Mommy works part-time but keeps it all for herself. She doesn't pay for any part of the household expenses because she says Daddy should earn enough to pay for everyone. Then she decided little Barry should be deciding the household budget -- which is principally what to spend on Mommy.

Posted by Perry Eidelbus at July 20, 2010 1:31 PM

The Analogy Police called. They're willing to let us off with a warning this time.

Posted by jk at July 20, 2010 3:12 PM

Related: Yesterday on FNC's 'America's Newsroom' ex-CIA analyst Michael Scheuer said of the Washington Post CIA expose-

"It seems to me that the Administration and the Washington Post are being managed by a bunch of adolescents." [I had to paraphrase, not having access to the transcript.]

Posted by johngalt at July 20, 2010 3:17 PM
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