Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"If You Want to Keep Getting What You're Getting, Keep Doing What You're Doing"

The quote in this entry's headline is attributed to Les Brown, who at one time was married to Gladys Knight. Brown is a motivational speaker. The point in the quote is that you have to change your habits if you want to make change in your life. If you are stuck in a bad job, and you just keep doing what you are doing, you will stay in the bad job. The same thing is true for relationships. Since governing is really about relationships, it is also true in politics.

When you think about it, Brown's quote is the essence of the Democratic message on the economy. If voters are unhappy with the economy, and poll after poll shows that they are, but they still elect John McCain, then they are going to keep getting what Bush gave them. A economic plan that depends on tax cuts for the rich to generate economic growth. That, of course, won't happen.

Growth under McCain will stay anemic. The United States will continue its slow economic decline. What could happen, though, is that there will be growing economic inequality in America. There will be millions of jobs outsourced to India and China. Our children and our grandchildren will continue to have futures that are not as bright as we would like.

If you are talking to your neighbors, your friends, your relatives about this election and if they are unsure who they are voting for, lay the Les Brown quote on them and explain what it means. It will help them understand.

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