Friday, August 13, 2004

Lies, liars, and delicious fudging of the truth
Looks like Kerry's trying to have it both ways on Iraq. Again. It's annoying, mostly because this is the kind of shit that makes my friends say, "See! They're both liars!"

And, yeah, sure, they are. It's tempting to say that it's because they're politicians, but how honest are you when you're presenting yourself to strangers? Some guy at work finds out I'm divorced and asks me, "So what happened?" (Implausible? Sure. But it actually happened.) My answer to him is short, simple, and far from true ("I haven't got a fucking clue."), but it gives him a complete answer in a socially acceptable period of time, as opposed to the hours it would take to cover all the complexities, nuances, and feelings involved.

But that hardly makes Bush and Kerry "equally dishonest".

Say I'm interviewing two guys for a job, and it turns out both of them told a few lies in the interview. The first guy grossly exaggerated the duties of his previous position, claimed credit for the success of projects that he'd opposed, laid the blame for his failures at the feet of his employees (or on sabotage from shady coworkers), and flat out lied about his college education. The second guy, when he found out I grew up in Kansas City, pretended to be a Royal's fan as opposed to a rabid Cardinal's fan (is there any other kind?). Also, he'd left his previous job because his boss was a psycho jerk, but he glosses over the conflict, knowing that talking trash about a previous boss tends to raise red flags.

Who are you going to hire?

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