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I may not have an advanced degree in finance, mathematics, business, law or political science, but I do possess some common sense. And common sense says leaving your workplace for a long weekend is not the way to resolve any problems and get a task completed.
One of the first news stories I heard this morning was that Congress was in recess for a long weekend. The next story said the president was supposed to sign the order to make severe cuts to federal workers’ pay and federal programs.
What drives me crazy about these stories and all the interviews that the senators, representatives and the president have been making for the last few days, is the fact that they have known this was coming for a long time! And this isn’t the first, second or third time they have gotten themselves into a similar situation. Remember the “Fiscal Cliff” crisis of last year? Didn’t the last-minute resolution to that crisis contain these impending cuts? Weren’t these cuts supposed to be so severe that no one in Washington would let them happen – ever?
If any one of us did our jobs in this manner, we’d be fired. Some of the most common words and phrases in job descriptions include:
I know that the pundits will say if the American people are not happy with their representatives, senators and president they will be voted out of office during the next election and replaced with someone who will get the job done. Well, despite several “turnover” elections in the recent past, we keep seeing the same inefficient job performance.
Here are a few suggestions from a Midwestern Mom:
There are probably several other items that could be added to this list, but I think it’s a good start. Some may read this and agree with all of it…but I’d be unrealistic to believe that. Some will think these suggestions are too draconian. Others will think they are too simplistic. Still others will say I just don’t “get it” and I shouldn’t comment on what I don’t understand.
The truth is that I don’t think it’s that complicated. Elected officials have a job to do. It’s not an easy one; if it was an easy job we’d all want to do it. When you look at these jobs realistically, you realize that they are jobs where not only are you disliked by large numbers of people, you are often actually attacked in one way or another by large numbers of people, most of whom you’ve never met. When you become an elected official, you must accept this fact: You will NEVER make everyone happy.
But isn’t that true about anything in life? We all have to make hard decisions at some point. As a parent, I have to say, “No” more often than my kids want to hear it. I don’t like it when my kids aren’t happy with me or when they say I’m being mean and they hate me, but, as a parent, I have to make the decisions I believe are right and for the good of my kids based on the facts I have at hand. Elected representatives have to be more like parents who make the tough calls. If a parent doesn’t make the tough call or favors one child over another, things will get ugly fast.
Mr. President, Congressional Representatives, Senators – don’t let things get ugly. Please, do your job. This issue has been on your To Do list for far too long. Do the hard work you were elected to do by people you are supposed to be serving.