Question authority. Usually taken as advice to doubt, why not take the slogan literally? Whether you harbor niggly little suspicions or a big fat, full-form dubiety, always ask questions. Probe. And direct those queries to those who say they know something.
Thats how we learn.
These days, accountants and economists should be in high demand, because the most contentious issues seem to be our financial fiascos. Its becoming an increasingly long list:
Social Security (looming)
The depression (ongoing) following the secondary mortgage market collapse (historical)
Federal government budgeting (historical and ongoing)
Bernie Madoffs pyramid investment scheme (old news)
The Solyndra/Solargate debacle (new news)
Obviously, theres enough fiascos to go around, these days, in the financial world.
Whats interesting is that in each case some experts bucked a general trend of complacent or even enthusiastic support for these debacles-in-the-making.
According to Fox Newss investigation of the Solyndra subsidy and bankruptcy (two great debacles that often appear together), emails released from the House Energy and Commerce Committee suggest the Obama administration did later ignore or discount warning signs about the viability of the solar energy company:
In one Aug. 19, 2009, email obtained by the House panel, it was clear to some administration officials that the solar company had shaky finances.
While debt coverage is robust under stress conditions, the project cash balance goes to $62,000.00 in September 2011, said the email, which was prescient since the company did in fact go bankrupt in that very time frame.
But of course the politicians and administration experts went on with the project anyway.
This pattern repeats. You see a few Cassandras, but most experts go with the flow of political hope and enthusiasm. Thats why I qualified my allegiance, above, to the leading authorities with the phrase experts I trust. The truth is, when it comes to politics, at least, human beings appear prone to herdish behavior.
Or maybe thats pack behavior. Alpha dogs marshal the betas to bear their teeth at any questioning of alpha dominance, at least until its too late.
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