So with the election came promises (and hope to some) to "drain the swamp" in Washington, D.C. and beyond.
That means redefining the size, scope, and purpose of federal government.
It also means reducing regulations that stifle American business and competitive advantage, placing restrictions on lobbying, and imposing term limits on Congress.
Presumably, it also means addressing mounds of fraud, waste and abuse in the system (many examples of each are out there).
So here is a funny true story from when I was traveling recently...
A gentleman is riding with me in the elevator and he turns to me to make chit-chat.
He says, "Good morning. Where you from?"
I smile and respond, "Washington, D.C.," and add proudly, "the nation's capital!"
He then asks, "What do you do there?"
Feeling a little perky that morning and with the elevator ride about to come to a stop at the lobby, I quickly blurt out, "Oh, cleaning up the swamp."
To which, the man responds with the sarcasm galore and probably a good dose of disdain, "Yeah right!"
There was something so comical about this scene in which I sort of baited this guy and at the same time found the reaction that is all too likely throughout America.
Do people believe and are they committed that we really do the following:
- Change the status quo of big stumbling government
- Right the wrongs done by those who take advantage of the system, its power and big money
- Restrain the ginormous national debt that threatens to consume all of us
- Fairly and compassionately address the nation's priorities including those for national security, prosperity, and well-being
- Drain the swamp from the horrendous creatures that dwell and thrive therein
And the capital is not built on a preexisting swamp, but it did come and grow, man-made, dark and deep, as a result of the greed and fear that drives too many, far too far. ;-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)