Zoe: Dad, I’m throwing a party tonight, so you’ll have to stay in your room. Don’t worry, though—one of my friends brought over his father for you to play with. His name is Comptroller Brooks and he’s roughly your age, so I’m sure you’ll have lots in common. I’ll come check on you in a couple of hours. (Leaves.)
Comptroller Brooks: Hello.
Mr. Higgins: Hello.
Comptroller Brooks: So … um … do you follow city politics?
Mr. Higgins: Not really.
Comptroller Brooks: Oh.
Zoe: I forgot to tell you—I told my friends you two would perform for them after dinner. I’ll come get you when it’s time. (Leaves.)
Comptroller Brooks: Oh, God, what are we going to do?
Mr. Higgins: I know a dance … but it’s pretty humiliating.
“The New York City Department of Health lists more than 20,000 restaurants on its ‘Restaurant Inspection Information’ web site. In a city of more than 8 million people that amounts to one restaurant for every 400 people. New York City’s area of about 305 square miles gives a restaurant density of 65 restaurants per square mile – greater than the population density per square mile of Vermont, Minnesota and Colorado and 17 other states.”—
Wow, what a novel idea! The fact that this is strange and difficult advice to give is the reason that the economy is going down the tubes right now, because many Americans just refuse to not buy what they cannot afford. Ridiculous.