Really Successful People Are Pro-Retroactive

Posted by Michael Dolan on July 18, 2012 in Uncategorized |

Retroactive retirement.  That’s how presidential candidate Mitt Romney explains signing key investment documents for Bain Capital in 2002 even though he said he left the company in 1999.  We’ve covered this before.  If it’s a term you have not heard before, be suspicious.

No matter how you approach it, the phrase means nothing.  Its credibility rests entirely on the linguistic use of alliteration, repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words.  Language structure implies underlying coherence whether such coherence exists or not.  See also affirmative action and bank bailout.

If you exercise retroactive retirement in the future, you may be retired now without knowing it.  Until then, remember this sentence next time the boss bugs you: “The project is totally on schedule retroactively.”

(“Pro-retroactive” is a play on the overused self-improvement term “pro-active.)

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