Economist Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of the business school at Clemson University in South Carolina, calls it a union of "bootleggers and Baptists." Yandle refined the "bootleggers and Baptists" theory of government regulation years ago. He named it in honor of those most dedicated to closing small-town liquor stores on Sundays.The message here works in several ways: It's brief, alliterative, saucy and memorable to both the speaker and the audience. When you develop a message to get your points across, make sure you consider those factors. Read the full story here.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
This one's courtesy of NPR's Peter Overby, reporting this morning on some of the seemingly unholy alliances created as corporations lobby Congress to get a piece of the action as new environmental protections are considered. Overbye captured this quote from an economist to describe the odd matchups: