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Your Views: Time to hold our leaders responsible for DC gridlock
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Are you tired of the fiscal cliff discussions? What are we the taxpayers paying for anyway?

I am reminded of the distinctive differences between government and private industry. When we were still part of corporate American business, we had year-end meetings with our company president. Each manager was required to present his past year performance in terms of profitability and performance to budget. Upon the conclusion of the presentations, our president would give his assessment. He would proceed to tell us he was impressed or displeased (you did not want to be a part of the latter) with our performance.

However, he would go on to say, last year is over, so what are you going to do for me this coming year? You best have an appropriate response or you need not make plans for the next quarterly meeting.

Too bad we don’t require the same level of performance from our government representatives.

Years ago, Ted Turner made a couple of statements that resonated with me. He once stated (paraphrased): If you don’t stand for something, eventually you will stand for anything, He also was credited, I believe, with the statement, “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

What appropriate messages for our current crop of so-called leaders in Washington from the top down. Furthermore, it should be a message to the whole electorate in this country. We just don’t seem to get the message.

Have you, as I, watched in amazement at the gridlock and total disregard for the well-being of this country for the sake of political gain regarding the fiscal cliff issue alone? Additionally, our government has allowed Americans to be killed in Libya needlessly and then try to spin it as if something else was the culprit.

When will America wake up to the fact that these folks up there aren’t getting the job done they were hired to do? I am just glad that this group was not in power leading up to World War II or we could be speaking German or Japanese as our language.

When you go into your job this week, stonewall your boss’s decisions and directives for the next week or so and see how long you last. Should we not also hold our government responsible and accountable to a higher level of performance than they are accomplishing?

James Simpson


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