Today Kessler commits truth with language frequently employed here to describe the flim flam man from Chicago. Kessler is using the appropriate English words in an appropriate manner:
“President Obama’s phony accounting on the auto industry bailout
With some of the economic indicators looking a bit dicey, President Obama traveled to Ohio last week to tout what the administration considers a good-news story: the rescue of the domestic automobile industry. In fact, he also made it the subject of his weekly radio address.
We take no view on whether the administration’s efforts on behalf of the automobile industry were a good or bad thing; that’s a matter for the editorial pages and eventually the historians. But we are interested in the facts the president cited to make his case.
What we found is one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech. Virtually every claim by the president regarding the auto industry needs an asterisk, just like the fine print in that too-good-to-be-true car loan. [snip]
This is chicanery.”
What a precise word Kessler employs. Chicanery – “the use of clever but tricky talk or action to deceive, evade, etc.” Kessler also states that Obama employs “misleading” figures and “straw man” arguments. Kessler ends by saying “If the auto industry bailout is really a success, there should be no need to resort to trumped-up rhetoric and phony accounting to make your case.”
A reader who's been reading for some time -- and e-mailing since 2006 -- e-mailed today because she wanted some reassuring words.
She doesn't need advice.
She just learned her marriage was over and she's got two kids and facing a lot.
But I'd shared some of my story with her in e-mails over the years and she had a few questions in her latest and I answered it but I'll throw it up here too in case it helps anyone.
The big issue is what do you tell the kids?
My oldest knows. We had troubles -- my ex-husband and I -- and he knew another kid would make it better. So we had a second child and no things didn't get better.
And then, while not trying to have a third, I ended up pregnant.
My oldest is old enough to remember the little, few good times with his father and all the bad times that followed.
He knows and with him I speak freely. He remembers things and there's no point in lying.
With the middle child (my other son), I didn't know what to say and played it by ear.
He figured it out on his own when his father never showed up for birthdays or Christmas -- but did shoe up one year after Christmas trying to drive off in my car, insisting he needed a car.
She has no idea who he is. After she was a baby? She's seen him twice her whole life and he's never tried to speak to her those two times or since.
So she's got no interest in him. And that's the thing, you reject kids, even if you change your mind later, they remember.
So the point is, I don't talk about the problems we had -- my ex and I -- to the kids. My oldest son I didn't shield him from any issue he wanted to talk about other than his father and my relationship. And he's shared a little with his brother over the years.
Kids figure it out.
And you don't want to be the one to tell 'em. You don't want to make them feel they have to hate their father. And you know if that happens, there's always the chance that later on you'll be blamed for it.
So you just play it by ear.
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