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Wow, everyone wants to participate in the great Analogy Fest of 2006. After posting my own version – compared to the mayor’s – of how to describe the city’s situation using terms every person can relate to, I got a lot of response.

If the city were a family, how would you describe its adventures?

Here were a couple of the analogies I got this morning.

Reader EB:

Loved the op ed about the right analogy. Another one that would be more appropriate than credit cards is taking the kids college funds to Vegas and blowing it playing craps (or maybe that is the county 😉 and then telling them that they have to mortgage their futures because mom and dad loved betting on the hard ways.

Reader PD:

I love reading your stuff at “Voice” and enjoyed your analogy today. However, it seems to me you omitted one key theme in your analogy. When the city goes to the retired grandparents to borrow the money, the city tells the old folks that if they let them borrow the money, that the city will not only pay it back, but the city will remodel the old folks home for them (the increased benefits, MP I).

Wanting their house remodeled for nothing, the old folks agree. When it looks like the city initially can’t pay, and while they are getting the old folks drunk, the city tells them that if the city doesn’t have to repay the money right away, in addition to the remodel, the city will also buy them a better car (MP II). Being drunk and greedy, the old folks again agree to the plan. Finally the old folks got their lawyer to get a judge to order the evil city to not only pay the old folks back (the underfunding) but also, to order that the city has to remodel their house and buy them a better car as the city agreed.

Good deal for the old folks, at least until the city goes BK because the foundations are crumbling, they can’t pay for the remodel or the new car, and no one wants to lend them any more money!

And finally, reader BL, who has a question:

Was the Mayor’s anecdote about maxing out eight credit cards intended as part of his analogy, or an admission of fact?

Keep ’em coming.

SCOTT LEWIS

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