Sunday, December 11, 2011

Numbers Games

Do you recall mention of son Zach, chosen by the Ferrari folks to compete with nine other master mechanics for the title of (and I'm sure this isn't too accurate) World's Best Ferrari Tinkerer Guy? The contest is over for this year. No, he didn't win, but did finish in the top half (5th) and so he has earned the right to feel pleased. I haven't talked to him, but I think the trip was enjoyable for him and his wife even though it included at least one nine-hour flight non-stop to Paris. Anyway - what a guy!

I won't always have Governor Rick Perry to kick around as a presidential candidate, but the guy is comedy gold when it comes to things he says (or forgets to say) on the campaign trail. Forget for a moment his plan to eliminate three cabinet level departments from government altogether, but only remembering two. Here's what he's done lately:
Referred to Election Day as "November 12th, 2012". It's actually the 6th.
Called on people in that same sentence "age 21 and over" to support him. The legal voting age, by amendment to the Constitution, has been 18 for over forty years.
Referred to the Supreme Court as having eight "unelected" justices. The court actually has nine justices, though Perry was right that none got the job via the ballot.
He couldn't remember Justice Sonya Sotomayor's name, which would be understandable if he hadn't been trying to single her out as a flaming liberal at the time.
I guess it's easy to see how Perry was in line for the governor's job when Bush went off to Washington as the newly (sort-of) elected president in 2001. Perry made Bush look smart.

Albert Pujols is going to be remembered for a long time. Even if he suffers a career-ending injury during next spring's preseason workouts, his new employers, the Los Angeles Angels (or whatever their current name is) will be on the hook for $250 million, payable over the next ten years. That's quite a bit of money - about what Mitt Romney has in financial assets today. Is the hard-hitting Pujols worth that much? Ah, there an economist in the house?

Speaking of Mitt, there was another GOP presidential debate last night in which the most interesting moment may have been when Mitt tried to call out Perry about a minor accusation regarding a line in Mitt's book regarding health care. Romney offered to put up $10,000 backing his side of the argument. Perry backed off the bet part, though he persisted with the allegation. It wasn't so much Mitt's conviction, but his treatment of 10G's as pocket money that may have started some folks thinking that Mitt's life is far removed from that of most people. Does that preclude someone from being an effective president? No, but it's not a bad thing to see a little empathy in the nation's CEO, and that's a quality seldom seen of late by current CEO's. To many of them, all of life is little more than a numbers game.


Blogger Matt said...

I wouldn't mind having some of his pocket change these days. Plus I will take that bet.

8:21 AM  
Anonymous David Forthoffer said...

Don't be so hard on Rick Perry...

After all, who would want 18- to 20-year-olds voting for him???

4:43 AM  

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