Friends, I know you love my idea to suspend gas taxes for a summer, but some people just don’t get it. My advisors started talking a lot of nonsense about how gas prices will actually go up if I cut taxes—blah, blah, blah, as usual. I wasn’t paying that much attention, actually, because I’ve been reading this great book about the discovery of a time-traveling asteroid inhabited by futuristic humans who worship Ralph Nader. The writer, Greg Bear, really seemed to have some good ideas, and it got me thinking, why don't science-fiction authors offer the government advice on how to run things?
Turns out, they do. As soon as I saw that, I was on the phone, shouting, "Get me Greg Bear! The future of our world depends on it!"
The voice on the other end said, "Who is this? I think you have the wrong number." Damn touch-tone phones.