And the winner is...Your six-word mottos for the state of the states

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Takeaway Contributor Stephen Dubner, who co-authors the Freakonomics book and blog, asked his readers to come up with a six-word motto for the United States. Our listeners joined in the fun and now Stephen is here to announce the winner of our poll.

Want to see the poll results for yourself? Click here!

"The American history of mottos is murky. We have a bunch of them: 'E Pluribus Unum,' 'United We Stand, Divided We Fall,' 'One Nation Under God.' But they're not really in use that much."
— "Freakonomics" author Stephen Dubner on a new motto for the country


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Comments [11]

Kathleen Abel from Columbia, SC

How about this new 6 word motto:

WHY. This is the Take Away.

Mar. 24 2010 10:03 AM
Tommy Lee

" All for one, and more for me" :) good moto representative for the times that we live in

Mar. 30 2009 01:04 PM
Tanes R. Moore

I have a motto to add even though I know it is to late. "POWER CORRUPTS,ABOSULTE POWER CORRUPTS ABSOLUTELY"

Feb. 25 2009 01:30 PM
David Breneman

As someone who came of age in the 70s, my slogan is (and I've said this to re-assure some younger family members who are job hunting) "We survived Carter; we'll survive this."

Feb. 24 2009 10:20 PM
William Loob

I know I'm too late for official entries, but in light of the armchair analysis about the differences between Freakonomics blog-readers and Takeaway listeners, which mentality is this? "Free market reality. Get over it."

Feb. 24 2009 02:32 PM
Marianna Mott Newirth

My motto is
"Less is More - More is Less"


Feb. 24 2009 12:52 PM
MacKay D James

"forget the elected, remember critical thinking"

Feb. 24 2009 12:26 PM

"the 22 year-olds were right"

-sorry, my wife tells me that doesn't scan immediately so let me explain:
I mean that when I and friends were much younger, we were filled with frustrated angry thoughts about the economy -"this is too abstract" "it doesn't mean anything" "how can this economy continue like this?" and of course most of us were completely without health care for most of our 20s, so finally people are taking up that cause? What took so long? Why was no one listening when we were 22? The 22 year-olds were right!

Feb. 24 2009 10:04 AM

"Enough already! Time to start over!"

Feb. 24 2009 09:36 AM
Chris Van Dyke

bringing back the barter based economy

Feb. 24 2009 08:36 AM
Rob Sisk

As we enter income tax season, the government's motto should be:
"2/3rds pay 3%, 3% pay 2/3rds"

Feb. 24 2009 08:12 AM

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