My semester is pretty light this semester.  I have three night classes and my earliest class is once a week at 10am.  Next in line is a 3:45 class.  That is all over in two months when I’m down to three classes.  Compared to my first three semesters of biz school, that’s easy street.

So why am I writing at 7:30am?  Inaction.  I have come to absolutely loathe inaction on my part.  The idea of sleeping past 8am is not a good one.  I have a job lined up after this semester and I don’t plan on getting in any later than 8am any day, so it’s a good idea to get into a rhythm now.  As a callow youth, none of this seemed to matter.  Sleeping in and not really accomplishing anything didn’t seem to bother me.  Everything changed in college; the realization that your time is limited and thus your ability for accomplishment is limited hit me like a slow breeze and I followed it.

Two years into undergrad, I hadn’t done much except partied and made a lot of new friends.  It dawned on me that I had to get a job in a few years and that most of my time had been wasted (though not completely.)  All of a sudden, I got very active.  I joined the American Marketing Association and took on several different roles, improved my grade point average drastically and began an in depth search for employment, all while working 25 hours a week at a group home to pay for food and lodging (by the by, it was $360 per month for an efficiency!)  Things really changed then.  My GPA raised to a respectable 3.3 level, I learned a lot about running organizations and building groundswell with groups of people and I made best friends to this day.  Just as importantly, I got an internship that turned into a job in marketing when that kind of experience was akin to frankincense and myrrh.  Still is, in many circles.

Fighting inaction is a constant practice.  Human nature is to be lazy, to graze, intellectually and physically.  That’s not how we got here though.

So today, I was reading this NYT piece and agreeing with most of it.  It asserts that congress hasn’t dealt with a real American issue in four decades.  That point can be disputed with multiple citations, but the validity of their importance can too.  Our big problems such as social security, the future cost of healthcare (Medicare and Medicaid), the obesity epidemic and our deficit have been pontificated upon endlessly and in practicality ignored.

american-flagAmericans are tired of it…and they should be.  Normal, average Americans have a job to do and they do it.  They get up every day and go into work and do what they are supposed to.  Our government has not.  I will not point fingers as to the perpetrators of it as I only have two hands.  But the inaction and polarization of parties supposed to solve our problems and progressively manage issues as they arise is disgusting.  Politicians seem to only care about being politicians.  It makes me think that there should be caps on the amount of time anyone can spend in office.  Politics should not be a career.

So when I see people complain about spending on a stimulus or a party deny the plausibility of a joint commission to lower the deficit, and holy of holy’s, complain about it, I’m put off.  Politics are standing directly in the way of governance.  People are not.  They are hungry and without work (about 30 million), they are uninsured (roughly 45 million) and there isn’t any guarantee that there will be legislation to fix these problems.

Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no men or women wanting in the government.  None without jobs, none without healthcare.