Jim Carrey starred in a 1997 movie called Liar, Liar. In the film, he was an up and coming defense attorney who often stretched the truth to win cases. He also frequently made promises to his young son that he couldn't keep due to his work schedule. That fact prompted his son to make a secret wish as he blew out his birthday candles. As a result, Carrey was magically forced to tell the truth to everyone for 24 hours. In an encounter with the police shortly after the wish had been granted, the following exchange took place:
Cop: Do you know why I pulled you over?
Carrey: It depends on how long you were following me!
Cop: Why don't we just start from the top?
Carrey: Here it goes. I sped, I followed too closely, I ran a stop sign, I almost hit a Chevy. I sped some more, I failed to yield at a crosswalk, I changed lanes at an intersection, I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and SPEEDING!
Cop: Is that all?
Carrey: [Forced.] No. I have unpaid parking tickets
For Carrey, telling the truth to the cop was painful and costly. I think it must be that way for people who hold elected office too. After all, if they had been elected on a set of promises, then failed to deliver on those promises, and then had to stand up and proclaim that failure, without any external attribution, I can imagine that would be quite painful. And I imagine it would also be very costly as they would not likely get elected again.
But what if we could make a wish and pick one politician to have stand before us and make a speech where everything he said was true. Who would you pick and what do you think he might say? Well, my pick is the current president. As for what he might say, Forbes magazine has done an excellent job with that below in an article called "If President Obama Told the Truth About the Economy":
To be fair, this isn't a Democratic or Republican thing. They all deceive us for their own gain. I just thought I get the obvious one out of the way.
I should note that, as you might expect, Jim Carrey's character, as well as everyone around him, was much better off as a result of his forced honesty. That fact wasn't lost on Carrey's character, who made a conscious effort to continue his truthful ways after the wish had expired.
Here's to the day when politicians and their constituents get the courage to tell, hear, and act on, the truth.
Let the wishing begin in the meantime.