We love to hear the Donald say those words on his iconic reality show, “The Apprentice.” What would he say to Congress if they were employees of his business?
Let’s say you’re running a business- you’re in deep financial trouble…
Your top managers are more than 6 months overdue with their budgets.
- Your CFO’s advice to you for getting through this mess is to simply borrow enough money to get you through to better times- but he cannot tell you when or how those better times will come. Worst of all, in the very same sentence he blames unchecked borrowing as the root cause of the mess and at the same time tells you that borrowing is the only solution.
- You cannot pay any more than interest now, but your top financial advisors tell you to “raise your debt ceiling.”
- Your company is bleeding to death, but your managers band together and bring you a plan to borrow money from the government to pay bonuses to themselves and fund their own pet projects- many of which are not job related.
What would YOU do given any ONE of these possibilities?
I’d pull a Donald and fire the whole bunch!
Watch this video and see if this doesn’t sound like the recent stream of petulance spewing from Capitol Hill…
Any sensible business person knows you can’t borrow yourself out of a mess. The best business people on earth only borrow when there’s a positive cash flow against the loan. Responsible business people know how to go lean to turn a business around- or they know when it’s time to close the doors.
Congress is debating a government shut-down and they’re holding it over our heads like the sword of Damocles. This is the most egregious expression of arrogance yet expressed by our elected body- and they had to do something this incredibly audacious to top everything else they’ve been up to for the past 20 years.
NO- For the last time you dumb-asses…you work for US! We hired you to do a job; you’re not doing it. Everything you do depends upon funding, and your first job is to prepare a budget- you didn’t do it…
NO- The U.S. government is NOT a 501c charity. You’ve got a company policy; it’s called the Constitution. Where in that policy does it state that you’re supposed to prop up foreign financial interests, fight proxy wars, invest in private businesses or even provide welfare for us? I’d say look carefully, but you don’t have to. You read the Constitution aloud a few months ago- were you paying attention? You’ve long ago exceeded your authority…
NO- We’ve allowed you a generous personal expense account for years. You’ve used it to send yourself on non-business related trips, to send personal mail, to fly company aircraft for vacations and to throw elaborate parties for criminals and loan sharks. You’ve abused our trust to craft a golden parachute in the form of a pension plan that is the envy of the very owners of your company…
You’ve used your position to curry favor with the competition. You’ve chosen to aid and abet competitors and even enemies at our expense. In several major battles you’ve co-opted company resources to support enemies and competitors. You’ve violated our most sacred trust…
Nobody in private business would tolerate the modus operandi of Congress for…well; nobody would tolerate this bullshit at all in business. At the first of any of hundreds of offenses, you’d simply fire the offending party and be done with it. No- we keep re-hiring the worst of the criminals and our only excuse is that we’re afraid to rock the boat for fear that our own employees won’t give us what is already rightfully ours?
Folks- it’s OUR money. This is OUR country and this is supposed to be OUR government. Some say the American experiment is failing- if so it’s only due to our own apathy. Nobody has taken our power from us- in the first society that has produced a government to serve the will of the people, we’ve abdicated the privilege to govern ourselves. In this vacuum we’ve allowed ourselves to once again become subjects of a crown- this crown is made up of committees and the royal jewels decorate the Capitol rotunda.
It’s simple really. We sent these people to Washington to do a job- they didn’t do it. Instead of accepting responsibility, our own “board of directors” is locked in mortal combat and when we ask any of them why they’re not getting the job done, they blame each other, their predecessors or us. They are telling us they don’t have the answers- it’s time to hire someone who does.
The solution is simple- but will require some pain. We need to step up and take charge of our own government again. We need to restore the true citizen to the Congress and to the White House. We’ve got to stop simpering for scraps from our own table.
The first step is to call our employees into our conference room- that of the next electorate, and tell ‘em all…