Student lightbulb for Obama: use stimulants to stimulate economy
A student in Pennsylvania offered President Barack Obama a way to boost the economy that probably hasn’t been on the table at the White House.
“Mr. Obama, I really appreciate how you’re trying to stimulate the economy to help this country out,” the second-year student began in addressing the president on his visit to Allentown.
Then he noted that in college he had been studying “some criminology…”
(Remember those student eureka moments in solving the world’s problems?)
And here comes the thesis: “I was wondering if, maybe if you checked out some of the statistics about legalizing prostitution, gambling, drugs and nonviolent crime in order to stimulate some of the economy?”
Hmmmm … So how is a president to respond?
“I think, first of all, part of what you’re supposed to do in college is question conventional wisdom,” Obama said. “And so you’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing — which is thinking in new ways about things.”
Not bad. Showed some presidential skills probably learned as a parent answering unexpected questions from children.
Let us know about any novel ideas to bolster the economy…
Photo credit: Reuters/Jim Young (Obama holds girl after speech at Pennsylvania college), Reuters/Michael Dalder (light bulb)