I recently chatted with my next-door neighbor and a friend of his. Naturally, the conversation shifted to politics, and my neighbor gently warned his friend, "Don't get this guy started!"
Of course, this led to his friend asking me, sarcastically, if I was one of those guys who rips on Obama's ideas before we even have time to see if the ideas work or not.
I thought that my counter was rather good, so I now present it to you.
Let's say that the case isn't politics or economics, but medicine; and the person in question is not Obama, but a doctor.
So you go to the doctor because you've been feeling quite ill. After a battery of tests and a thorough survey, it becomes clear that your problems stem from consuming far too much alcohol on a regular basis.
Now suppose the doctor suggested, for treatment, that I try increasing my consumption of alcohol.
Better yet, let's say that the doctor pulled out a scalpel and a large bowl because he planned on bleeding me.
Honestly, I know that neither of these treatments will cure me of my ills. Should I just go along and either a.) drink more or b.) have the "bad blood" drained from my system? Should I wait to see if his destined-for-failure plans will fail before I criticize both the treatments and the doctor?
Of course I shouldn't, and that's why I rant against Obama's economic stimulus package.
My neighbor's friend just kind of chuckled and said, "Well, can't you at least hope that you're wrong?"
I let it drop.