Back in the 70’s, Sears was particularly notorious for sale flyers in the newspaper. If you ever bought something from them that wasn’t on sale, you paid way too much for it. During this era, I found a sale brochure advertising a set of their high dollar car tires that fit my little Datsun for $100 for a set of four---roughly half price. I also noted that it was limited to stocks on hand---Saturday morning only. The brochure stated opening time to be 9 AM. When I arrived at 8:30, all the tires were already sold because they had opened at 8 AM. I pointed out the error in the sale flyer to the manager who was about as sympathetic as Adolph Hitler. Nevertheless, I got my tires.
All my life I’ve heard that if something sounds too good to be true, there’s a good reason. If a sales brochure, television advertisement, or pitch from someone like the late Billy May makes you take note, you’d better take time to read the fine print. Nancy Pelosi told us that we needed to go ahead and pass Obamacare. We could always read what the bill contained afterwards. What a shame that American statesmen have devolved into snake oil salesmen (or women).
Larry M. Jones is a retired Navy commander and aviator who raises cattle and hay in the Brock/Lazy Bend part of Parker County. Comments may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.