Because the Sky Is Blue

RECEIVED Fri., May 4, 2007

Dear Austin Chronicle,
    In your May 4 edition [“Postmarks”], reader Bruce D. Garnett posed a very interesting question to politicians, former politicians, etc. – the question being "why do they lie?” Seeking serious responses he mentioned that he did not want any joke responses. Mr. Garnett set a very high bar requesting this information be provided by politicians, former politicians, etc.
    I take the seriousness of his question very seriously and would add that as a former third-grade mayor (Gunn School Elementary; Council Bluffs, Iowa, 1991) and a onetime assistant to a Soils and Water Commissioner of Pottawattamie County Iowa by write-in vote (Mr. Michael Edrington, 2004 – interestingly enough I was also a write-in candidate in that same position for sheriff, but alas, did not get elected. I believe I may be qualified to answer this question.
    Answering the question of why politicians lie is a lot like asking why the sky is blue. Let's clear that up:
    According to, "When sunlight travels through the atmosphere, blue light scatters more than the other colors, leaving a dominant yellow-orange hue to the transmitted light. The scattered light makes the sky blue; the transmitted light makes the sunset reddish orange."
    There you go. That's why politicians lie – because the sky is blue. I hope that I have been of assistance to Mr. Garnett and would care to answer any other inanities that might need answering.
Bill Latham
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