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Dear Guardian – The Difference Between An Example And A Cause



You’d think that the arts graduates at The Guardian would be able to grasp the difference between something being an example and it being a cause. But apparently the emanations from the Orange Man Bad kill even this ability to disrciminate.

Trump has been talking about the rules which restrict shower pressures – flows perhaps – and also those regulations which mandate how much water can be in a toilet cistern. Now, you and I might think that this is something that adults can decide for themselves. Sure, there’s a trade off between how much water you use and how much you have to pay for the water you use. It’s not entirely straightforward because a too small cistern might require a double flush and thus use more water overall. But again, this is something that an adult capable of taking an unescorted dump can work out for themselves.

Except in America they’re not allowed to. And this is one of those sets of regulations which regularly get shouted about over at such homes of free thought as Cato in Reason.

At which point Trump says:

Donald Trump’s hair has mesmerized many observers since he began his career in politics, but now the president’s own pride in his locks has prompted the US government to propose an easing of shower pressure standards.

The Trump administration proposed rule changes that would allow shower heads to boost water pressure, after Trump repeatedly complained that bathroom fixtures do not work to his liking.

The Department of Energy plan followed comments from Trump last month at a White House event on rolling back regulations. He said he believed water does not come out fast enough from fixtures.

“So what do you do? You just stand there longer or you take a shower longer? Because my hair – I don’t know about you, but it has to be perfect. Perfect,” he said.

Oh come on people, that’s not the administration changing the rules because of Trump’s locks. That’s Trump using his locks as an example – making a joke about it even – in colloquial language.

Last December, Trump said environmental regulators were looking at sinks, faucets and toilets to revise rules meant to conserve water and fuel that heats it.

“People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once,” Trump told a meeting of small business leaders at the White House.

See? They’ve been looking at this for 8 months at least now and the comments about the hair are, as you say, only a month old.

The possible change in the law isn’t because Trump and his hair. Trump was using his hair as an example, not a cause. And seriously, we’d all be rather better off if you put the Orange Man Bad bit aside, even if he actually is both orange and bad, while discussing such things.



  1. Since I’ve noticed that my new hot water system has a reduced temperature, I can sympathise with Trump wanting to give people more choice in this matter. But of course as a foreigner I don’t have a vote.

  2. Nanny knows best, but never considers the real implications.

    Different example, but same principle – reduced sizes of chocolate bars. One used to be enough; now some are so small, they’re gone in two bites so, of course, two are eaten instead of the original one, which have more sugar and fat than one.

  3. Not sure who said this first, but the reason President Trump was elected when the old media thought it was unimaginable was that they took him literally but not seriously and the voters took him seriously but not literally.


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