Before I decided to pursue my love of writing, I spent forty years working in business. I was very fortunate to have spent most of my time in very, very, responsible jobs, ones that were carefully assessed by my employers. It was clear that I wasn’t on the job to make mistakes. My boss didn’t have to remind me daily. The people that worked for the same employers and lost their positions because of poor performance was better than having someone whisper in my ear, “Don’t screw up!” It never bothered me. I was on the job “to do it right.” So were all my peers. Work culture in private industry is do the job, do it right, and expect consequences if you don’t. How many screw ups do you get before the pink slip is delivered? Maybe a couple, but that’s usually it.
There is no such culture in either elected officials or the bureaucrats they hire to control our lives. Not every politician or government worker is a smuck, but there’s a large percentage that need to hear those wake up words, “You’re fired.” Think about it – The VA is a cesspool, the secret service should be titled the sleazy service, Solyndra would cost anybody in private industry their job, cabinet level individuals disregard the rules, the IRS gives money to those who aren’t even citizens and takes money from folks that haven’t done a thing. You can give examples for hours. We’re their employers, but the only way we can fire them is indirectly by voting. The problem is we simply don’t have enough input on who we’d like to run. Bush? Clinton? Those are the party machine picks. When your choice is between the same old piles of manure — you get the drift. This isn’t a right thing or a left thing it’s an all of us thing.
We the people need a way to say you’re fired without waiting two, four, or six years. And we need to either get more say in the parties or maybe invent some new ones. Anybody got some ideas?
PS- Visit my golden retrievers blog at http://www.sandysays1.wordpress.com to vote in a poll with some potential 2016 presidential candidates. Most of them aren’t the same old names.
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