Political and financial doom and gloom fill the news. There are endless stories about the budget, debt ceiling, Standard and Poor’s rating, deficits, taxes, spending and so forth.
These are all serious issues confronting the nation. The best way of approaching them often perplex the politicians we elect to represent us. I believe despite all the perception of gloominess America will pull together and do what it must to overcome any problem.
Have to borrow a line Geoffrey Rush uttered in his role as theater owner Philip Henslowe in “Shakespeare in Love”:
“I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”
No, I’m not some Pollyanna. My wife would say I’m more of an Eeyore.
Is the answer in cutting spending? Is it in raising taxes? Is it in making transformational changes?
I don’t know.
I suspect the answer lies somewhere in the middle of all the issues and potential solutions. The answers will come through the political process where our elected leaders deliberate, compromise, legislate and lead. Just like they have for almost 222 years. How will this happen?
It’s a mystery.
I believe our elected leaders will develop solutions to the crises dominating the headlines.
Why do I believe this?
Because I believe all Americans share the sentiment of another iconic movie quote. This time from “Apollo 13”:
“Failure is not an option.” (clip here)