Constant Disagreement Attracts Attention of TV Therapist
Just several hours after a decision by the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to cancel a scheduled meeting on long-range spending plans for the oft-threatened BART extension to Silicon Valley, VTA General Manager Michael Burns received a call from Dr Phil McGraw, inviting the entire VTA Board to a session on the therapist’s hit show.
It seems as though the constant bickering, whining and name-calling between VTA board members has caught the attention of the show’s producers who think trying to work out their problems on national television will make for riveting drama. The therapeutic session will be squeezed in between segments on the parents of chronic bedwetters, and controlling the urge to open cans of whoopass on your loved ones.
“Y’all need a big hug,” Dr Phil reportedly said to Mr. Burns in their conversation.
Many in the county have urged caution and think the stunt could backfire. “Dr Phil is going to look like a vibrant Jack Kennedy next to Supervisor Beall—I don’t care how much makeup you put on him,” cautioned county assessor Larry Stone.
But a majority of the VTA board disagrees with Mr. Stone’s assessment and sees their appearance as a positive step towards healing the nagging and selfishness that has paralyzed any progress.
“Plus we get a free copy of his book, ‘Stop Spanking and Start Living’ as a parting gift,” said supervisor Kniss.