Monday, June 11, 2007
Bureaucratic Obfuscation Award
Susan Thomas, Mayor Coody's chief policy adviser and communications expert, should make a lot of money to use such big words in new and confusing ways. This week she was quoted as saying, “What I’d like to do is have professional economic development-type folks visit with the council on the basic fundamentals of how different policy arenas interplay with one another.” Have you ever heard anyone other than some oddball professor say "how different policy arenas interplay with one another?" Interplay is a verb? Can you guess what that means?
Here's what I think she was trying to say in a way she could sound smart without being understood. She meant: "With two or three exceptions, our alderman don't understand basic economics. They keep yapping about trails, green space, saving trees, overtime pay, affordable housing, and neighborhood integrity, all of which cost money and do not produce tax revenues or subsidies for business. I am smarter than them, and I want to make them listen to some professional business boosters tell them what the Chamber of Commerce wants them to do to help local businesses make more money."