I recently saw a hilarious bumper sticker:
Politicians and diapers should be changed for same reason.
I’ve been very frustrated with Congress over the past few years…and the situation is getting worse. We are facing another showdown on the national debt, just as the Congressional Budget Office continues to warn that we are out of time to solve the problem.
The bumper sticker is funny…but I wonder if our lawmakers have become exactly what we’ve asked of them?
- We want leaders who never make a gaffe or say something stupid, so we elevate those with “polish” rather than those with wisdom
- We want leaders who tell us we don’t have to sacrifice…so that is exactly what they tell us
- We want leaders who have an answer for everything…so they always do
We want leaders who are smart and have solutions, but how would we know? Many Americans are so disconnected from politics that we can’t name our own representatives, identify the key budget issues, or have a coherent conversation about what drives our economy.
The problems we face are not simple. Therefore, we should not allow simplistic discussions. Let’s demand more from ourselves and from each other.
Thanks for listening.