So lately I’m thinking the best thing for the economy would be for people to quit talking about the economy. Pretty certain that this stuff feeds on itself. For example:
CEO of major corporation says to his lead executives: “Hey guys, so I was watching the news on this massive flat screen on the small wall in my 3,000 square foot office, and I’m starting to see a trend. Every morning before the market opens companies are taking turns announcing massive layoffs. So I was thinkin’ . . . we don’t wanna be left out…”
On NPR this morning I heard Paul Krugman, recent nobel laureate, talking about the economy and he repeatedly used the term Depression. The interviewer asked him what a Depression was, and this recently crowned master of economics said, “I have no idea . . . but we should talk about it.” (this may be because of his book that was recently republished called, “The Return of Depression Economics” . . . but maybe I’m just being too cynical . . .) We should pause for a minute and reflect on how funny the word laureate is. Pretty sure it means, “somebody who won something.” So that guy you remember from high school could be a “Most Likely to Dance Badly – Laureate.” Sounds a whole lot cooler that way.
But back to the point here – we should probably stop talking about how bad things are getting. Somebody might hear us and start laying people off.
PS – this particular strategy, rooted in denial, hasn’t worked yet on my hairline. But I’m still holding out hope.