I was watching the McNeil Lehrer News Hour on PBS where Gwen Eiffel was interviewing two CEOs regarding their meeting with Barack Obama. One CEO in particular emphasized over and over again how important "certainty" is to the business world and without "certainty" they could not hire more workers and drive down the numbers of unemployed. I was struck by that word... certainty. Since nothing is certain in this world, how can anybody, let alone any business expect it? It would seem to me that in a free market nothing is certain, yet here are to major CEOs meeting with the president and making that a central part of their discussion. That smells funny to me. I wonder if it smells funny to you too.