Death, Taxes, and Trade Group Spokespeople

S Aufrecht

These three things are certain: death, taxes, and that trade group spokespeople will defend their product in the face of all logic, complain that they are unfairly maligned, and point out the desirability of their product.

“Some people want to blame our industry because they have a vested interest in doing so, either by making a name for themselves or by hampering the adaptability and usefulness of our products for competitive purposes,” said Robert G. Pickel, chief executive of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association, a trade group. “We believe that there are good investment decisions and bad investment decisions. We don’t decry motor vehicles because some have been involved in accidents.” —New York Times
I guess it’s not surprising, since it’s precisely that behavior, sincere or otherwise, that is their primary professional skill and the point of their jobs. But the precise word choice, at least, can offer some novelty.