I am so sick of it. Every businessperson I know is sick of it. Every taxpayer I know is sick of it. “It” is the political gridlock, posturing, cowardice, and selfishness which Congress has been exhibiting in supposedly trying to find a solution to the impending Fiscal Cliff.
This collective failure to find a compromise is costing the Country billions of dollars. Do they not realize this? Businesses will not hire or make investments in a climate of uncertainty. Government agencies and their contractors cannot plan for the future not knowing whether their programs will be funded. Investors will sit on the sidelines until they can quantify what their tax rates are. The economic recovery is stymied because overall confidence diminishes when things are uncertain.
Our elected representatives are certainly not looking out for Main Street, or Wall Street, or small business. What Congress needs is a shot of Winston Churchill.
Yesterday, I received an awesome greeting card from Philip Niedermair featuring 5 of his favorite quotes from The British Bulldog, as Philip writes, “so that you may arm yourself for the coming year and be best positioned to succeed in the market place of ideas and opportunities!”
1. Courage: “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality that guarantees all the others.”
2. Listening: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
3. Commitment: “Continuous effort – not strength or intelligence – is the key to unlocking our potential.”
4. Loyalty: “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
5. Simplicity: “All great things are simple, and many can be expressed in single words: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope.”
These inspirational quotes caused me to wonder why so FEW of this generation’s politicians exhibit the courage and moral imperative to do the Right Thing.
For the sake of the Country and the economy, I hope they step up and get a deal in place so we can all move forward and get off to a good start in the New Year.
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