I am thoroughly disgusted with the actions of Congress and the president during the past several years. Nothing gets done when neither side of debates will even consider yielding a point.
A good leader (manager), first of all, develops achievable goals, and then (the key to developing solutions) prioritizes those goals: 1. national security, 2. full employment (or as close to that as practical). 3. maintaining a minimal level of assistance to the truly needy (the sick, disabled, elderly, etc.).
I leave it to others to develop their own list of priorities.
Each goal must then be studied and defined as to what is realistically achievable.
Then, the true leader looks at the assets at his/her disposal to apply toward those goals. Assets are applied according to the priorities; those goals lower on the list receive less emphasis. Where there are shortfalls, the leaders must address them either by increasing assets (taxes?), improving management of the use of assets, or by reducing funding levels of the lower-level priorities.
Continuing to spend assets that are not available is the road to real disaster.
The biggest problems are two fold: liberals can never prioritize or reduce funding levels on anything except defense, despite budget shortfalls of trillions of dollars, growing larger every year.
At the same time, conservatives refuse to allow even minimal tax increases on the wealthiest Americans.
It is time voters “hire” true leaders brave enough to work toward long-term solutions.
Richard Grover, Mason Township