What I’m Thankful For

Spending Thanksgiving with my family away from the flurry and fury of Washington really put things into perspective for me and made me realize some of the things I am most thankful for.

  •  Pillow fights with my kids.
  • A loving wife who supports my eccentricities, such as blogging.
  • I’m not the head football coach at Notre Dame.

These are trying times for many of us.  As we struggle over what a “jobless recovery” will mean to us and our families, we must recognize the essentials we have already recovered.  We have regained an appreciation for the truly important things in life, such as family and health.  We have also returned to being more prudent in our spending, placing savings above conspicuous consumption. 

We need to exhibit that same kind of rationality in politics and policy decisions.  As important policy decisions regarding health care, creating jobs and improving the economy are debated, we must consider the long-term implications of actions in these areas and devise sensible strategies.  In order to accomplish this we must remind our elected leaders of the new reality.

This won’t be easy.  This week’s events have confirmed the essence of last week’s post on how Washington seems more immersed in reality shows than the reality most of us face.  The big news in D.C. has been about Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the Washington socialites and aspiring reality tv stars who allegedly crashed the White House state dinner.  Michaele is being considered for the Bravo reality show “The Real Housewives of D.C.”    

 When a former White House press secretary is hired by college football to explain the BCS BS, you get an idea of the sort of skills most prized in Washington nowadays.  As we express our thanks for the truly important things in life, let’s also devote ourselves to making things in Washington better.

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