Monday, March 2, 2009

Obituary: The Death of Common Sense

I love this email I received today.  It has been around before, but was updated to include commentary on the current economic debacle we are all in.  We are all in this mess.  Let there be no doubt. 

Anyway, the email talks about the agonizing death of an old guy named Common Sense which lived by simple sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health deteriorated rapidly when well-intentioned but ridiculous regulations were implemented.  Reports of a 6 year old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a girl at school; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only hastened his condition.

Common Sense lost his bearing when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

He declined further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun block or Aspirin to students; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense floundered when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

The fatal blow came when a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot, spilled it in her lap and was promptly awarded millions of dollars.

Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust, his wife, Discretion, his daughter, Responsibility, and his son, Reason.

Common Sense is survived by his 4 stepbrothers:  I know My Rights, I Want It Now, Someone Else Is To Blame, and I Am A Victim.

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