It’s not often that we hear from a former Prime Minister that he attributes a well-publicized comment to lyrics from a rock song. In this particular case, it was a comment from the recently-unseated Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia that were directed toward U.S. President Barack Obama that made headlines when he called Obama’s plan to revive the economy “a way to hell” or “a road to hell,” depending on which news outlet you believe.
Despite the minor details of the exact quote, the message was clear. Mirek Topolanek – who currently holds the office of President of the European Union despite his fall from grace in his own country (it’s a long story) – does not think plans to spend our way out of this recession are the right way to go and says the plan will “undermine the stability of the global financial market.”
Today we hear that Mr. Topolanek’s comments may have been inspired by the lyrics of Australian hard rockers AC/DC. “AC/DC played here (in Prague) last week. And their cult song ‘Highway to Hell’ might have led me in that very improvised speech to use the phrase ‘road to hell’,” he was quoted as saying.
The former Prime Minister is surely familiar with at least some of AC/DC’s material. Dare we speculate that he may have been in attendance at the show in Prague? Perhaps even sporting a pair of Angus Young devil horns?