Thursday, June 7, 2012, AM | Leave Comment
I had heard Nancy Reagan had a psychic friend (astrologer – I use the two words interchangeably because I don’t know the difference) and that Nancy would call and consult with her about her everyday life. She was concerned, from the newspapers articles, basically about her husband’s everyday life, not with any of the national security or the president’s other businesses of work.
To put an entire country’s every kind of health, foreign and domestic, in the hands of a psychic, no, Mrs. Reagan was too smart for that. We respect her for everything she stood for.
Ronald Reagan’s presidency, all 8 years of it, is considered one of the better times in U.S. history. I strongly agree with that even though I am an Independent.
How about quitting your Financial Adviser in favor of a psychic? New York Times ran an article entitled Love, Jobs & 401(k)s by RUTH LA FERLA.
In these serious hardship times, even Henry M. Paulson Jr., the former Treasury secretary in President Bush’s administration, changed his mind weekly about how to rescue the United States economy.
With Washington still flinging pieces of the of the U.S. economy, a good set of tarot cards might come in handy.
Sometimes, I wonder if the U.S. economy is run by psychics and astrologers.
In her article, Ruth cites an example – and there are many – of a stock trader, Thomas Taccetta, who apparently consults his psychic friend before he buys or sells.
“I’ll play the broadest index, the S.&P. 500,” Mr. Taccetta said, “and if she tells me she is getting a negative view, I will sell.”
The clients, who include a growing number of men and women, are often professional advice-givers themselves, in fields like real estate and investments.
They typically hand over anywhere from $75 to $1,000 an hour for this form of insight to the psychics and astrologers.
“When you don’t know what to expect of a job interview or a business partnership,” said Gita V. Johar, a professor at the Columbia University Business School, “that is when you are most likely to turn to a psychic.”
Well! Come to think of it, when I migrated to the U.S. back in the 1970s, one of the Baltimore daily newspapers ran an ad, looking for someone who could manage their horoscope section.
I applied and got the job. As I came from one of the “mystic” countries in the East, they thought I would do just fine in my job.
The manager gave me some number of microfiche and said: “These are five years old. If you find some that are more recent, put them aside. We don’t want them. They are for the following five years.”
So I would look for a horoscope for next week dates, make some changes and would send them to my manager.
I worked at that job for almost a month. Then I quit for two reasons. One, I did not believe in it and two, I was taking part in some form of deceiving the public.
I used to call it “horror-scope.” Everybody thought I did not know how to spell it, English not being my first language.
In a Nutshell
Would you let a psychic or astrologer run your finances?