The government maintains a “no fly” list. Car rental companies keep “do not rent” lists. Hotels sometimes blacklist guests. So it probably makes sense that your favorite consumer advocate has a “do not mediate” list.
And since, ahem, I am your favorite consumer advocate, let me admit that I do, in fact, keep such a list.
I’m not afraid to share it with you, either.
The timing of my confession couldn’t be better — or maybe I should say, worse. The word “no” is being thrown around a lot in Washington these days, where everyone from your Tea Party congressman to the House Majority Leader, to the president, seem to be stuck on the word. So our government remains shuttered and we’re racing toward a debt-limit induced recession.