Posts Tagged ‘Washington’

Friday Policy Haiku – Jobs Cry

February 19, 2010

Our cries for more jobs

Washington responds with pork

Fall on deaf earmarks

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Sno’ Lack of Politics

February 14, 2010

Having survived some three feet of snow – and, more impressively, spending an entire week cooped up inside with the family – it’s time to reflect on the lessons learned from the experience.

1. Old phonebooks don’t burn as well as you’d think.

2. Snow ice cream is pretty good.

3. Kids can’t get enough snow ice cream.

4. There are like only four original shows on Nick Jr. that they constantly replay.

5. Is it just me, or is Diego getting older while Dora isn’t?

6. In the internet age having the office closed doesn’t mean you get the day off.

7. Dogs get even more stir crazy than people.

8. Using a crowbar is not the best way to free frozen fire wood.

9. Witnessing drifting snow undo hours of shoveling is one of the hardest sights you’ll ever see.

10. Having the federal government closed doesn’t slow down petty politics.

I’ve seen the best of people during this experience – neighbor helping neighbor – and the worst of politics with the whole debate over what the episode proves about climate change. Didn’t there used to be a time when these events brought our leaders together like they do with the rest of us? The various media outlets jostling over whether this was “Snowmageddon” or the “Snowpocalypse” and the trivial debate over what one weather event says about the climate makes me wish that they all had been locked down together in the Capitol Building for the week. Maybe then they would see things, and each other, differently.

Many people this past week experienced the true meaning of family and community. Unfortunately they did not see that same spirit from the people who should be setting the example. That will only serve to exacerbate our already low opinion of Washington.

I won’t need to see any more snow for quite some time, but I am forecasting a blizzard of a different sort at the ballot box this November.

What I’m Thankful For

November 28, 2009

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.