Intransigence in place of collaboration - Bad things happen

As we all watched in horror, the government leaders of the United States of America devolved into a group of high school class officers attempting to plan a senior prom, thus creating a mish mash of nothingness in their final solution to the debt ceiling crisis.. if it can be called that.. The problem is of course, the debt.. not the debt ceiling..

Ideology is important, but in the face of war, financial ruin, and stability where real lives are at risk.. the stakes are higher, the behavior should match.

Our leaders fundamentally don't agree that operating with huge amounts of debt is a problem.  Well some of them don't... Hopefully, that is changing soon for both parties.


  • Debt is that which is ; usually referencing assets owed, but the term can also cover moral obligations and other interactions not requiring money. In the case of assets, debt is a means of using future purchasing power in the present before a summation has been earned. ...

We have big problems... so in order to move forward, Collaboration must occur.. this involves compromise, but that is only part of the equation.  Our representatives represent hundreds of positions/variables.. that is their role, by design...  There are no absolute rights or wrongs on issues.. but there are definitely consequences to actions and behavior.. as the "downgrade" and descending markets are showcasing for us today.

  • Collaboration is a recursive process where two or more people or organizations work together in an intersection of common goals — for example, an intellectual endeavor that is creative in nature —by sharing knowledge, learning and building consensus. ...

We must find a path forward as a country.. We need a leader, or series of leaders.. WE NEED LEADERSHIP.. to present plans, and debate options and impacts openly... ignoring popularity, elections.. The demagoguery must stop..

PERHAPS.. The Govt should have its own social media instance... a la FB or Google+  Every congressman should be forced to write and weigh in daily, with status report.. targeted only to his/her constitutents.... segemented accountability.. dissolution of the national media influence..
forced transparency on their ideas.. those status reports would then roll up into a national "dashboard" which we can all see..  Perhaps the President's role would be to create the issues board... which the speaker of house and senate leader could then prioritize for attention... in public.. showing exactly how time and attention/resources are being prioritized.

just thinking out loud here.. Crazy I know.. but hey, we need to do something to get this ball moving ahead. Maybe if we all collaborate a bit, we could come up with other ideas...  we certainly need improvement in people, process and technology to create change and break this stalemate of total failure.. from our current:

President "pass the buck" Obama
Speaker "busted" Boehner
Senate "nolead" Reid


Charles Hulin said…
All in favor of collaboration here.

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