Congress – Stop worrying about keeping your job and do your job

In merger settings, it becomes apparent the employees who are doing more politicking to keep their jobs. Their focus is beating the competition from the merger partner, that some will play themselves up while putting others down. In these settings, as a manager and consultant who led teams helping the merged entity, I would find myself saying “worry more about doing your job than keeping your job.”

This is an ideal metaphor for elected officials. The issues become unimportant, except for how they are marginalized into talking points that can be won or lost. Governance is thrown out the window. Solving problems are thrown out the window. It is far more important to grease the skids to remain in office or get elected. Elected officials worry more about keeping their job than doing their job. And, we are the ones who suffer.

More often than not, unimportant issues are discussed to win a political gotcha game. It is a true zero sum game, where I must win and you must lose. In a day when neither of the major political parties own all of the best ideas and, in some cases, have only poor ones, to say the other side is always wrong, is just plain inaccurate. To say that your side is always right, is even more inaccurate.

So, let me state an admonition of our elected officials. Stop worrying about keeping your job and do your job. At the end of this month, the Department of Transportation trust fund will run out of money, again. It is St. Patrick’s Day and have you read much about our Congress doing something about this? It has been extended through smoke and mirrors for a few months, but we must do something material. Right now, our infrastructure is in need of great repair. Right now, interest rates are low, so it is an ideal time to borrow money to improve our assets. Right now, we would benefit from jobs that would be created by acting.

Yet, our Congress will not act. They would rather talk about gotcha politics that solve nothing with the intent to embarrass the other side. Folks, it is time to do your job. You owe it to the American people. If you choose not to act, I would beseech you to relinquish your position, as you are providing head winds to any progress we must make.

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4 thoughts on “Congress – Stop worrying about keeping your job and do your job

  1. Canadian federal politics is in the same state. It is likely our long-serving conservative govt will be reelected because no strong contender has emerged. So everyone will vote for the status quo. And the incumbents will keep on with their self-serving (rather than public serving) activities.

    • Staying in power to do self-serving things is a truism no matter what the government construct. What is so annoying here, is politicians do not seem to care what we think except when we cast that ballot. They know since people don’t pay attention, they can dress up their candidacy masking over all of their ineffectiveness.

  2. Note to Readers; Congress is working on a budget where defense is largely increased and the common folks are screwed. Fear sells, so we will likely build more things we don’t need for the type of war we fought years ago. It will be interesting to see if VA improvements are funded, since last year’s Congress punted on $64 B improvement in the spring, only to see the shit hit the fan in Phoenix and fund about $16 B in the summer. Regulations to protect against financial malfeasance and fraud would be gutted, Medicare would be significantly altered, Obamacare would be left unfunded, and other social programs would be harmed. I don’t know if money is allotted for our aging infrastructure with the trust fund running dry.

  3. Note to Readers: a good example of Congress’ inability to govern sits with a bill that will help victims of human trafficking here in the states. These are primarily young girls who have been lured away from their homes or runaway facilities to become prostitutes against their will. What was a bipartisan effort has disintegrated around language over funding abortions. Rather than work through differences both sides have resorted to grandstanding. My strong advice is to get in a room and work it out like we expect you to do.

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