Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Leadership on the economy? Candidates? Fahgeddaboutit...

Ok. We are in free fall. Everyone I know that "knows" anything says it is going to get worse before it gets better, but no one, no one, knows what to do now. Don't look to McCain or Obama. They are in the business of getting elected not demonstrating leadership. Getting elected is the purest form of pandering in a democratic society. Here's what it looks like: finding scapegoats, like McCain suggesting Christopher Cox should be fired or blaming Wall Street executives; delivering good news that people want to hear rather than bad news that they need to hear, like Obama telling those folks who took out mortgages they couldn't afford that they should be bailed out, too. Watch them closely in the Senate. See if either of them is willing to do anything that is good for the country that will risk even one vote that they think they need to win....

2 comments:

Max said...

Ok, so they're pandering to get elected. Shafer wrote a good piece on this yesterday in relation to the press.

But, assuming that McCain and Obama, like everyone else who "knows," don't actually know shit about how to get us out of this quickly, what would demonstrating leadership on this look like? Walking out on stage and saying "Regulation seems like a good idea, and this bailout is clearly needed. Other than that, well, I'm like you and everyone else: who knows?"

If nobody knows has an answer beyond $700 billion, election or no, what are they supposed to say?

Franklincovey said...

Hey, if I were currently immersed in writing a book explaining set theory, it would have sounded like that to me too, I’m sure.

www.franklincovey.com.au/