Archive for December 23rd, 2007

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Never Make A Promise You Can’t Keep

December 23, 2007

Cliché?  Probably.  But I’d still consider it a good rule to live by.  Leaving aside the ethics, in my experience, the short term benefits of breaking the rule don’t outweigh the headaches that you’d deal with in the long term.  This meme was even one of the “10 Commandments” that I was expected to memorize in my old sales job.  It’s something that really should apply to everyone, everywhere…

…unless, of course, you’re a politician.

Case in point, Hillary Clinton:

Elect me and oil prices instantly drop, says Hillary Clinton in Iowa

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Hillary Clinton predicted Saturday that just electing her President will cut the price of oil.

When the world hears her commitment at her inauguration about ending American dependence on foreign fuel, Clinton says, oil-pumping countries will lower prices to stifle America’s incentive to develop alternative energy.

“I predict to you, the oil-producing countries will drop the price of oil,” Clinton said, speaking at the Manchester YWCA*. “They will once again assume, once the cost pressure is off, Americans and our political process will recede.”

Riiight. 

*The headline says Iowa, but the piece says she was in Manchester. (?)

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