Thursday, June 02, 2005


Sue says: It's a complicated issue...

If I had $10 for every time Sue said "it's a complicated issue" last night at the NASD Investor Forum in Central Valley, I'd be able to pay my server fees for a year -- maybe even two. Picking the right investments is complicated. Stock options are complicated. Sarbanes-Oxley, the corporate clean-up act which Sue repeatedly claimed to have been a leader on despite the fact that she mistated a key provision of the bill? Complicated. Social Security? Very, very complicated.

Of course, just repeating how complicated a particular issue is doesn't really shed any light on exactly where Sue stands on the issue, which of course, just might be her goal. It's much easier to deflect than to defend an unpopular position. Her attempt to explain her position on stock options, for example, which she voted on last summer, was downright laughable. At first she tried to say it was too complicated to get into and when I assured her that I was capable of following along, her best argument consisted of one lame talking point after another.

But some people clearly lapped up Sue's lame answers. At the end of the two hour presentation, one woman walked up to her and said, "I'm so proud that you're my Congresswoman." It couldn't have been better if Sue had scripted it herself. Assuming that doing so wasn't too complicated, of course.

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