The phrase “don’t shoot the messenger” comes from the pre-industrial practice of using human messengers to carry communication between major leaders. These couriers represented the political interests of the leader sending the message, and they usually returned whatever response the recipient wanted to send back to their liege. If the recipient didn’t like that message, however, it was not uncommon for him or her to shoot (or stab, or flay, or behead, or whatever other killing of choice seemed appropriate) the messenger and send the dead body back to the original sender as a response.
Needless to say, messengers in ancient days didn’t have a long life expectancy.
And neither does Jeffrey Zeints after his recent performance before the House Budget Committee.Read More