Hey, folks, let's play "Heardy-Wordy-Gurdy!"
Huh? What’s that?
A game. I’ll show how we each hear things differently. Ready? Let's go!
What if you heard someone say the President has loose bowels. You’d say, “What? I didn’t know he had colon issues?” And I’d say, “Colon? What colon? The speaker said the President has loose ‘vowels.’ Everyone knows that without a teleprompter, his A-E-I-O-U’s have the consistency of a runny stool.”
Alright, we did good! Here’s another one.
Suppose you heard someone say Obama is an opium addict. You’d say, “What? He’s a druggie?” And I’d say, “Drugs? Who said anything about drugs? The speaker said he’s an ‘OPM’ addict. OPM is an acronym for ‘Other Peoples’ Money.’ Everyone knows the President is addicted to other peoples’ money.”
Okay, we’re rolling. If we stumble over “bowels” vs. “vowels” and “opium” vs. “O.P.M,” we’ll have serious fun with complex stuff. Round three.
What if we heard the President say, "We're not trying to push financial reform because we begrudge success that's fairly earned. I mean, I do think at a certain point you've made enough money. But, you know, part of the American way is, you know, you can just keep on making it if you're providing a good product or providing good service. We don’t want people to stop, ah, fulfilling the core responsibilities of the financial system to help grow our economy."
You’d say he was concerned about us making too much money, or not enough of it, doing too much of one thing or not enough of another, and as long as it doesn’t screw up the economy, he’d like to ration what we do, when, where and how much, like in Chairman Mao’s work collectives before communist China discovered free enterprise. And I’d say, no way, he meant like the former Soviet Russia before it melted down.
And there y’go! Game over! Another award-winning Heardy-Wordy-Gurdy production!
Depends on what you heard.