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Lots of noise, little progress

September 12, 2011 - Steve Murch
We are less than a year away from the political conventions to pick presidential candidates – Republicans meet the week of Aug. 27, 2012, and Democrats meet the week Sept. 3. I'm already tired of all the posturing, etc., and we haven't even hit the actually primary/caucus season. There are three – count 'em, three -- holidays before we get to that point.

The dirt is going to fly for the next 14 months, and Americans are going to get sick of it. While we have plenty of issues that need to hammered out and corrected, will all the verbal diarrhea turn everyone off before we get to the important decisions?

Andy Heller wrote a column a few weeks ago about the general feeling/attitude of the country being in a funk. I couldn't agree more. Americans need something, almost anything, to feel good about again. There just seems to be a malaise across the country. Now, all the Republicans will blame it on the president, and Democrats will blame the tea party (both are being pretty specific these days and not necessarily blaming the opposition party).

There is far more to it than that. The problem is we have plenty of blaming, but not many hard solutions. Those ideas that do come up are immediately shot down by the other party, virtually sight unseen. The farther removed someone is from the process the louder and more negative they are. They also are the ones who don't have any ideas, just laying more blame.

If you aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem. It's like the old saying: Lead, follow or get out of the way. In today's terms: Help find a solution, come up with a solution, or shut your (blanking) mouth.

A quote from the Chinese philosopher Confucius should be used when looking at leaders and finding ways to improve the economy:

"The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions."

So the next time you hear someone running off at the mouth about how this person or that person is doing the country/state/county/city wrong, ask them what THEY have done. If it's nothing, tell them to shut up until they have done something themselves.


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