Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Jackass or carpenter?

Morning dock
"Any jackass can kick over a barn, but it takes a good carpenter to build one." This sage observation came from Sam Rayburn, a Democratic lawmaker from Texas who served for 17 years as Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. 

Pardon the language, but it seems we've got a nation brimming with jackasses. Politicians and others are quick to tear down the other side.  It seems many politician's sole mission is to see that other politicians are not re-elected.  What is their plan to get things on track, that seems to be considerably more murky.

Anonymous, snarky comments, and even distorted pictures of politicians are rampant throughout the internet. Talk radio has certainly fanned the flames. As the state of Minnesota and our national leaders are deeply divided over tax and spending decisions I hope that more of us will look toward creative solutions that involve collaborative efforts. The current name calling and pledge create a toxic environment that makes it impossible to reach the necessary compromises.

If our two party system refuses to work together, perhaps it is time to look at a third party!

So, what will it be for you and me, a jackass or carpenter?  Let's draw up some plans together and get hammering.

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