Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Ruling Class - #2005 - Neil Snyder Editorial: It's Time for Some Sanity in Government - SnyderTalk

If you haven’t received an email yet describing President Obama’s trip to England back in March to attend the G-20 meeting, you probably will. Rest assured that it is true. I confirmed it myself.  I hope you take the time to read the short editorial below from scrippsnews because it reveals something about our president that you need to know. Below is an excerpt from the editorial:

Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret Service agents, a team of six doctors, the White House chef and kitchen staff with the president’s own food and water. And, according to the Evening Standard, he also came with ‘35 vehicles in all, four speech writers and 12 teleprompters.’ For sure, our president is not going to be at a loss for words.”

It strikes me as particularly strange and inappropriate that while our nation is suffering from deficit and debt problems that are monumental in proportion, states are slashing budgets drastically because their laws require it, and hardworking men and women are struggling just to make ends meet, our president carries on like a crowned head of state with all the trimmings. I don’t begrudge President Obama for taking all necessary precautions, and I don’t expect him to fly tourist class, but I think reasonable people will conclude that something is wrong here.  Congress is out of control—both the Senate and the House. I would say that they are spending our money like drunken sailors, but a recent letter to the editor from a former drunken sailor opened my eyes to the truth. He said that drunken sailors stop drinking when they run out of money. He’s right. Our Congress is worse than a bunch of drunken sailors and obviously asking President Obama to watch over their excesses is like asking the fox to guard the henhouse.

We have to put aside our personal feelings about the men and women we’ve elected to represent us and look at the cold, hard facts. They tell a story of largess and pompous self-serving that befits dictators and their lackeys in third-world countries. The behavior of our elected officials is not appropriate for a representative republic like the United States. It’s time for some sanity in government. Our elected officials all the way to the top think we don’t know, or worse, that we know and don’t care what they’re doing with our money. We have to show them that we care. Thankfully, November 2010 is right around the corner.

About 200 years ago, Joseph de Maistre said that people get the government they deserve. I think he’s right. If we fail to do our job, we deserve the government we have.  Read other Editorials from SnyderTalk, scroll down to bottom for most recent editorial -  go to........

An Entourage More Royal than the Queens - Scrippsnews - The heads of government in London for the G-20 summit are discussing serious and weighty issues, which in time will be duly reported on, but right now the British press is entranced by the sheer size of President Obama's traveling entourage. And no wonder.  Read more........

About Neil Snyder -Neil Snyder earned a Ph.D. degree in strategic management from the University of Georgia and taught leadership and strategy at the University of Virginia for 25 years. He retired from UVA in 2004. Snyder is the author of numerous books including Vision, Values & Courage and The Will to Lead, and he has published more than 100 articles and business case studies. Currently, he is the Ralph A. Beeton Professor Emeritus at the University of Virginia.  Read more.......

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