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It's time for a CHANGE: no more blame games




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Harlingen, Texas, August 8, 2011: How About it...have you had enough? The S&P rating for America was cut to AA+. The stock market took a 630 point nose-dive. Mortgage rates are climbing. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are financially in the tank...and what does Washington do? Blame! Blame! Blame! We have received nothing but finger pointing and playing the blame game by both sides of the political divide.

Children are very prone to point their fingers and yell, “He started it!” They are also often seen attempting to blame mishaps or wrong doings on anyone and everyone accept themselves. We expect such actions from children. We do not expect them from individuals we elect to represent us in the highest seats of government.

We also do not expect to hear blame game scenarios played out as justification for governmental failure, but we are surely getting an earful of that juvenile chatter from our political elite. We hear about Majority Leaders and his failure to bring legislation to the floor. We hear about Obama ignoring the debt commission. We hear about out of control spending and always wanting to raise taxes.

On the other side of the aisle we hear about the draconian budget ideas. We hear about the demands to raise taxes on millionaires and billionaires. We hear about blocking the vote on all meaningful legislation. We hear about every excuse that can be generated to blame the opposing political party for the failure of our economy. What we have not heard are reasoned and imaginative ideas of how we can attack some very difficult national problems. Right now both political parties are just parroting their old and very tired litany of worn out attempts to ignite a dead economy. We have not heard one creative idea posed by either side that is also embraced by the other.

Psychology Today notes in an article titled “Overview of the Blame Game” that it is always tempting to blame others when things go wrong. However, states the article, “If your default reaction is to blame other people, it’s unlikely that you are going to have a nuanced understanding of all the complex factors that determine organizational outcome. If you blame other people, while it can build your self esteem and energy in the short term, it’s going to be quite costly in the long term.”

The article concludes by noting that while blaming other individuals or groups when things go wrong or failure occurs may feel rewarding, in reality it brings about an inability to learn from those same mistakes. Giving in to the desire to play the blame game always results in a no-win situation for the blame-caster.

It seems the political class would have figured all of this out by now and would have developed a better game plan. But, they have been pointing fingers for so long now, that they don’t seem to know how to do anything different. That is just what is wrong, America wants “different”. We are not getting that “different” from anyone now in Washington D. C.

Yes; it is time for a change!

Semper Fidelis
 
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