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The problem with politics

By August 28, 2012 February 4th, 2019 6 Comments

As you likely know, I’m an entrepreneur and business owner. I work long hours, treat people right and tell it like it is. I answer questions when asked and avoid wasting time, energy and money. I’m not special nor am I unlike millions of other people out there. Perhaps that’s why I get so frustrated at politics.

Case in point. What if a client asked us a question and we did everything EXCEPT answer it. Instead, what if we went on for five minutes about our world views? Do you think that would fly? Of course not. We’d be out of business within a month.

Don’t get me wrong

I love democracy. It’s the best.

What I don’t like is the “game” and the waste that spews behind it like the exhaust from an overloaded 18-wheeler with a blown gasket. It stinks.

Business as usual

Perhaps it’s just me, but the amount of time, energy and money consumed by Blue vs. Red, Donkey vs. Elephant is astounding. And for what? Endless back-and-forth, he-said/she-said, non-answer-answers and being a player in the “game” we call politics? It doesn’t matter if you’re Democrat, Republican or Independent. Can’t we do better? Is this really what people want to see?

Excuses excuses

And, while I’m on a roll, doesn’t it feel like some people use politics as an excuse? They’ll say, “If things were different, I’d have a job.” Guess what? Get out there and hustle and you will. I promise. Make your own job. Don’t wait for anyone. Take control.

What if?

What if politicians and the pundits who fuel their fires instead focused on something else – like creating businesses or inventing products. What if they featured success stories happening right now across the nation? What if they did something that truly made a difference beyond the election cycle? What if they weren’t players in the political “game” of home vs. visitors. What if?

Perhaps it’s just me.

Author Jeff Teschke

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