For President Obama: Less campaigning and more governing. Fire the White House political staff, starting with the pollsters, and do not replace them. You’re not running again, and the endless partisan politics diminishes you.
For the Republicans in Congress: Challenge the special interests. Name a tax loophole for big business, international conglomerates or the various other special interests that you’d be willing to end.
For the Democrats in Congress: Become more fiscally responsible. Offer at least one reform to constrain our nation’s unsustainable entitlement spending, lowering the trajectory of our $17 trillion national debt.
For Congressman Waxman: Find the voice to challenge your own party. Disagree emphatically with the White House when President Obama misspeaks or is wrong….. whether it involves elements of a law you helped author (Obamacare), or especially the security of the world (preventing Iran from enriching uranium).
For the rest of us: Remember how blessed we are to live in this great nation. Pay attention to important issues so that we can remain so. Like the mullahs in Iran coming within an eyelash of getting their hands on nuclear weapons, or Putin re-assembling a failed empire by attempting to steal Ukraine from the west, or special interests preventing our children from getting the education they deserve, or our country failing to deal with its unsustainable fiscal trajectory.
Even with all of our nation’s challenges, our struggling economy and our disappointing politicians, we can remain grateful for what we have and hopeful for the opportunities this New Year offers our nation, our families and ourselves.
I hope you agree….. and Happy New Year!