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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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2 comments

  1. Dunno if she was actually in Iowa or not, since it says N.H. There IS a Manchester, Iowa, as well. Perhaps just an error…but which is the error? -creepy music-

    Anyway, I think that was a naive statement for her to make, and I agree with you. Despite the fact that I think that oil prices will rise…and continue to rise, until we develop real means to alternative energy, I still wish the politicians would stop making promises that they know they can’t keep.


  2. I wish someone would make the price of oil drop….

    MERRY CHRISTMAS CHEN AND EVERYONE! 🙂



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