When you earn your living by trying to explain things to other people, one of the first lessons you learn is “try to use language your subject can understand – language that is accessible to the person you’re trying to expain to”.
I try to apply this lesson to the rest of my life.
Molly “Is It White In Here” Priesmeyer seems to have drawn the “real estate” beat for the Minnesoros
Monitor “Independent”. This despite the fact that her understanding of key real estate concepts like “equity” seems to be just a tad suspect…
…but that’s OK. We’re all about the teaching today.
In a piece that came out in the
Monitor “Independent” last week, she wrote about Governor Pawlenty’s veto of the Floyd Olson-style foreclosure moratorium (emphasis added):
But the homeowners suffering with subprime or negative amortization loans are offered no recourse — including a simple deferment period that still required payments — because, according to Gov. Pawlenty, helping homeowners renegotiate loan terms would make credit more difficult to obtain.
Ms. Priesmeyer states that as if she finds it implausible – which brings up two possibilities:
- She is actively trying to disinform the
- She doesn’t know any better.
You know good ol’ pollyanna Mitch; I’ll assume it’s really #2.
So I’ll try to explain this concept – the notion of unintended consequences of government action – in a language Molly Priesmeyer might understand.
“So, like, remember when you lent your totally cute feedbag purse to Ashley, your roommate from Saint Olaf/Macalester/Carlton/wherever it was you did your undergrad? The documentary filmmaker and telemarketer? And on Monday when you wanted it back, she said she didn’t, like, have it with her?”
“And you gave her another week, because the purse is, like, totally cute, but then you like needed it? And you met her at “Drink” and like asked her, and she totally said she’d bring it to Chino on Monday?”
“And then on Monday, she totally flaked, and said she’d have it for you on Friday? And you’re like “Byatch, I need my purse?”, but you totally gave her til Friday?”
“And on Friday, you met her, and of course she flaked again. And you were totally pissed. But Ashley had brought Justin, this guy from St. Thomas that she buys X from, and he was like totally cute wearing Roc-A-Wear, which is normally kinda poser on a white boy, but Justin was kinda hot in that bad-boy kind of way…”
“…anyway, Justin said that Ashley would bring the purse back when she could, and quit bugging her or he’d, like, totally slash it up.”
“So like, totally, how likely are you to ever lend Ashley anything again?”
A guy’s gotta try.