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America's Motto: We Are Too Big to Fail

by Zach Frechette

February 19, 2009
That's my favorite entry in the second annual Freakonomics* six-word new American motto contest. It captures our hubris, as well as a tongue-in-cheek reference to a crucial moment of the current financial crisis, while also being chillingly true-for better or for worse. The winning entry of last year's contest-"Our Worst Critics Prefer to Stay"-speaks to a different time, a different set of problems, and a different attitude. Here's the full list of this year's finalists (and the original call for entries):1. Consumption's the Cure That Ails Us.2. We Will Get It Right, Eventually.3. We Are Too Big to Fail.4. The Streets Are Paved With CASH4GOLD.COM.5. Learn to Live Within Your Means.6. Wow, Can You Believe This Place?The Freakonomics boys are requesting you cast your vote in the comments section of their post, and apologize for their lack of a fancy voting widget.*Sidenote: kudos to those dudes for keeping that blog going, and making it routinely excellent.Photo by Flickr user kevindooley.
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