Conceptual Element: Innovative Metaphor

Here is the metaphor:

Think of it this way: if you want more milk, create an environment in which cows will thrive. And just as it makes no sense to say you want more milk but oppose cows because they’re smelly, dirty, and leave their droppings all over the place — it makes no sense to say you want more jobs but oppose entrepreneurs because when they succeed they often wind up with more money than the rest of us.

Here is the narrative:

One evening, when my lecture to a group of these entrepreneurs had ended and we were all having a drink in the hotel bar, the CEO of a rock-solid manufacturing company said something that stopped the conversation cold: “I’ll be damned before I start hiring people now, just in time to send the unemployment rate plunging so it re-elects the president next year. In a second term, this guy’ll kill my business.” There was a dead silence, and then every other business owner at the table nodded in agreement.

Whether you agree with the businessman or not, certainly the story brings strong emotion and the metaphor is more convincing than simply saying “Let businesses grow.”

Both quotes are taken from RightontheLeftCoast‘s Another Economics Lesson

One thought on “Conceptual Element: Innovative Metaphor”

  1. Wow. That’s all I’ve got to say. Another instance of ideology trumping what America needs. I teach community college and I wonder/worry where the jobs are for these students? Obviously I’m on the wrong side of the political track to be thinking about the harm that is being done to this generation because of this recession. And for the record, I have a new term to describe my politics: I’m an Eisenhower Republican, as in, I’m from the days when America — and its people — mattered. But I’ve voted Democratic too many times lately, as my kind seems to have all but disappeared.

    Great post.

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