Today I heard President Obama say that addressing “cyber security” was a top priority for him.
I heartily agree that cyber security is an issue of paramount importance and urgently needs to be addressed. I will not disagree that it should be a priority. But how many other top priorities does President Obama have?
Let’s see, there is the economy, the credit crisis, the auto industry, two wars, medical insurance reform, and I am sure a few more.
As I understand the word “top,” there can be only one. So how can more than one thing be a top priority? Can two things simultaneously be top? What about seven? By calling everything a top priority, that really means nothing is a top priority, but instead that there are multiple issues all vying for attention. That seems like a recipe for accomplishing nothing of substance.
To me, labeling everything a top priority makes as much sense as claiming everyone at your school is above average. It might sound good, but it is meaningless and accomplishes nothing — other than to impress people who believe everything they hear.