Gates and Boehner: Two very different ways of saying it

Often it’s not what a person says, but how he or she says it.

Bill Gates, one of the wealthiest people in the world — a person who builds things — says it one way.

John Boehner, one of the most powerful elected government officials in this country — a person who fights for his argument — says it another way.

They’re talking about the same problem.

Gates is effective, calmly stating the problem along with wisdom and confidence that the problem can be solved, and a proposal for what needs to be done.  What’s at stake for him is the next generation.

Boehner is looking backwards, distorting, and blaming.  He appreciates the problem mostly as a handy knife with which he can stab the opposition over and over again.  He focuses on the emotion, without offering realistic hope for a solution.  What’s at stake for him is the next election.

Gates is being honest, so there’s hope in what he says.

Boehner is being less than honest by selecting certain examples and blowing their importance out of proportion, in order win favor. There’s fear in what he says.

One of them speaks to large group of fully energized people.

The other speaks to an empty room.

Republicans have gone on strike

Is there a deficit?  Most certainly.

Is there job shortage?  Absolutely.

Are workers on strike?  Oddly enough, yes.

I thought the Republicans in Congress wanted to quit talking about health care and focus on jobs.

That’s all we heard for months.

Then why did 29 of them vote not to allow debate on a jobs bill?

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And why did six of them not vote?

And this was for a bill that everybody says is only a fraction of what’s needed.

And this was for a bill that includes mostly tax cuts.

Call it strategy.

I call it a deficit.  Not a budget deficit, but a deficit of ideas, cooperation, good will, and work.

Republicans are not known for being fans of collective bargaining — but it appears they’ve gone on strike.

Trusting Obama

Today, I delivered Coffee News to restaurants in Concord, NC and listened to NPR the whole time.

They reported Obama’s Nobel acceptance speech — playing clips, analyzing, and parsing.

Interesting stuff — waging war and seeking peace.

I haven’t had time to read or watch the whole speech, but it sounds like it’s destined to become an historic document.

I really trust Obama — both as a President and as a politician.

I’d like to see him step on some of the opposition’s ridiculous ideas a little harder (especially ideas about creating jobs by reducing the budget deficit —  ideas put forth, hypocritically, by those who put the D in Deficit).

But I think he will step on those ideas soon enough.  At this point, he’s doing a little governing, which is a better political strategy than campaigning (which so many can’t seem to stop doing).