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  • American Apocalypse: No Leadership-Leadership

    Leaders have been allowed to be rewarded, venerated – and excused for not leading.

    American Apocalypse is Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals series that looks at events, which continue to accelerate America’s descent from world-class to has been.

    I just read something amazingly bad: that the United States Congress, led by both Democratic and Republican Senate leaders want to create a “Super Congress” to solve the debt crisis. Their premise is that the small group would be able to get to a deal, far sooner than a full congress, and also they would be granted powers to expedite the legislation. Read more about the super congress in the Huffington Post article Super Congress’: Debt Ceiling Negotiators Aim To Create New Legislative Body.

    Ryan Grim, who wrote Super Congress’: Debt Ceiling Negotiators Aim To Create New Legislative Body, stated, “This “Super Congress,” composed of members of both chambers and both parties, isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution, but would be granted extraordinary new powers. Under a plan put forth by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his counterpart Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), legislation to lift the debt ceiling would be accompanied by the creation of a 12-member panel made up of 12 lawmakers — six from each chamber and six from each party….Legislation approved by the Super Congress — which some on Capitol Hill are calling the “super committee” — would then be fast-tracked through both chambers, where it couldn’t be amended by simple, regular lawmakers, who’d have the ability only to cast an up or down vote. With the weight of both leaderships behind it, a product originated by the Super Congress would have a strong chance of moving through the little Congress and quickly becoming law. A Super Congress would be less accountable than the system that exists today, and would find it easier to strip the public of popular benefits. Negotiators are currently considering cutting the mortgage deduction and tax credits for retirement savings, for instance, extremely popular policies that would be difficult to slice up using the traditional legislative process.”

    Let me get this right: the people, who were supposed to resolve the debt ceiling issue in the first place – and who have failed miserably at not only fixing the matter, but showing an absence of leadership all the while – now, have decided to create another committee (bigger government) – with more power – less transparency – and get this – they want to hire themselves as the saviors of this madness. Huh.

    You mean: the people, who broke the thing, who we’ve seen have not the wisdom or willingness to fix the thing – now what to create an independent body to solve it – and again, their selecting themselves to end the madness. America is in trouble, because it does not realize how much trouble it’s in. If you look at the lack of leadership – I thought it was just that leaders didn’t want to lead or that their leadership was convenient: I am know convinced that they don’t lead, because they don’t know how. I am convinced that because the political and business leaders have been allowed to be rewarded, venerated – and excused for not leading.

    As the leader of Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals, it’s my opinion that America needs a revolution: not one of blood, but one of heart – one of brainpower – one of vision – one of performance – one of purposeful collaboration, especially economically – one of empathy and respect – one of the American idea that was interested in lifting the boats of its own.

    We have lost our way, and we are counting on political and business leaders that might be more lost than we are ourselves. God Bless Us – we are in trouble and it’s real.

    Good Luck.

    Calvin Wilson
    Founder and CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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