A conversation in my house tonight, lightly edited:
me: Hey, you should check out this oped Dean and I have in the NYT.
wife (interested): What’s it about?
me: It’s about the trade deficit.
wife (warily): The deficit?
me: the trade deficit.
wife: So, not the budget deficit?
me: No, this one’s about lowering the trade deficit. That would actually be pro-growth, whereas lowering the budget deficit right now hurts growth.
wife (drifting out of room, avoiding eye contact): Oh, hmmm. I don’t know…the trade deficit seems…you know…kind of obscure.
me: Nuh-uh…come back here…I’ll explain…hey…hello??…you still here???