Manipulating the law is the stuff of legal dramas and the growing impasse between the White House and Congress.
What used to be a Constitutional dance is now a street brawl, sniper attack, or cold war depending on the day. The November election will determine whether the Oval Office will be occupied by a lawyer or a business man.
Please, let it be a business man.
Business people make decisions based upon productivity, efficiency, and results. Lawyers push the legal envelope and then wait to be served papers that document any objection.
If you make a business sales pitch to a potential client and get them to sign your deal you must deliver the goods. If you fail you get canned. Lawyers who fail to deliver will file papers to get the contract thrown out due to a technicality and ask a judge to force the client to pay them anyway.
In Washington DC rewards go to those who fail
Every small business (and every large business) has to make a profit to continue to serve clients and pay employees. Only elected officials, bureaucrats, and meteorologists can be wrong all the time and still cash their paychecks. Lawyers might argue that they were elected or hired to give their opinion; there was no requirement that they had to be right. Therefore, failure to deliver on promises is a moot point.
Scholars and Academics
What about folks from the hallowed halls of academia? Washington DC is replete with folks who studied, taught, and wrote books about the stuff of governance and culture. Mr. Obama dipped his little toe into that pond as well. But like most of his learned fellows he has never turned a profit.
Would you rather hire a plumber who knows how to fix leaks or one who has critiqued twelve books on the subject but can’t tell a pipe wrench from a crescent?
The study and review of things has a place. Academics are not bad folks and their work is not without value. But, if you are starving you need someone who actually knows how to grow and pick corn, turn it into meal, and make bread. Finding new ways to change the DNA of corn may be nice, but who cares when you just need something to eat?
Knowing how to manipulate energy, mass, inertia and other principles of physics has great value. But, if a bus full of school kids is about to careen off the side of a mountain you need a driver who knows how to keep it on the road, not someone who can only explain the mechanics that led to the death of forty-two children.
Bickerers and Critical Times
Is it more important to save the lives of those 42 kids by hiring an experienced bus driver or arguing about how much profit the bus manufacturer made last year or if the driver benefits from collective bargaining? In critical times you need proven achievers, not folks who know how to study the problem or take advantage of the victims. In case you missed the news, we are in a critical time.
Politics for Novices
When you get right down to the fine print there are two kinds of political argument:
- Is the glass half full or half empty? Inquiring minds want to know.
- Who gets the money if the glass is determined to be half full vs. half empty?
Of course, there will never be complete agreement on the state of the contents of the glass at which point there will be a call for a special prosecutor. Following closely behind will be charges of judicial activism (from whichever side feels most threatened.)
Politicians spend vast resources on the state of the water level in a glass trying to blame whoever caused it to lose half it’s volume or to celebrate the one who was able to find enough water to fill half the glass. Business people will only spend time talking about a glass of water if they are in the glass or water business or if they’re thirsty.
7 Programs Testify to a History of Governmental Failure
- The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. They’ve had 237 years to get it right and it is broke.
- Social Security was established in 1935. They’ve had 77 years to get it right and it is broke.
- Fannie Mae was established in 1938. They’ve had 74 years to get it right and it is broke.
- War on Poverty started in 1964. They’ve had 48 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the
poor” and they only want more.
- Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. They’ve had 47 years to get it right and they are broke.
- Freddie Mac was established in 1970. They’ve had 42 years to get it right and it is broke.
- The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion
a year and we import more oil than ever before. They’ve had 35 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.
Obama – From hope to hopelessness
Obama failed to deliver on the deal he sold in 2008 and he knows it. Less that a year ago he said he COULD NOT legally change immigration policy, that it would be an unconstitutional act. Yet, last week Obama did just that. Now he’s waiting for the papers to be served with the official objection to his actions. After all, he is a lawyer. The Supreme Court’s ruling on Obamacare is expected within the week.
Obama has failed and he’s been looking for someone to take the rap for three years. Now he’s just shuffling paperwork trying to retain the power to decide if the inside of the glass is wet on the bottom or dry on the top. He promised hope in 2008 and wants to make it clear in 2012 that his definition of hope is not what you thought it was and that he is still on course.
Put a proven business man behind the wheel
Do you want results? Do you want efficiency? Do you want productivity? Do you want to save our national bus from crashing off the cliff? Then try a business man in the White House and send the lawyer home. Do the same in Congress whenever possible. Unfortunately, most business people are busy achieving and are too smart to wade into the money-sucking quicksand of a legal cesspool that is our nation’s capital.
And what about lobbyists? Don’t get me started.
Is there a guarantee that a businessman can fix what’s broke in Washington? No. But the odds of preventing the crash are far greater than leaving folks who are trained to argue about what caused the fall or to study the wreckage scene behind the wheel.
Which bus driver gets your vote for President in 2012?
Do you want a bus driver who can keep the vehicle on the road and get it to a safer place without losing any more rubber than necessary?
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- Is the union status of the driver more important than ability?
- Is the economic status of the driver more important than ability?
- Is the social conscience of the driver more important than ability?
- Is the religion of the driver more important than ability?
- Is the benevolence of the driver more important than ability?
- Is the coolness factor of the driver more important than ability?
WHAT could be more important than ability? The drivers we have in Washington keep running the bus off the road. We’re running out of money to buy new buses. Soon we’ll be going over the cliff on the last bus. Just before we impact the bottom we’ll realize that those who sent us off on the bus didn’t get on it themselves. They’re watching…
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The list of 7 failures was updated from an email that’s been making the rounds since 2009.
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