November 24, 2008

Quote from a NWCN top story report on Obama’s economic policies (calling for another $175 billion dollars we don’t have and asking Congress to act before Inauguration Day):

We don't have time to waste here, " Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said. "We want to hit the ground running on January 20th."

A couple of weeks ago, the Mythbusters series on Discovery channel conclusively proved that “hitting the ground running” is SLOWER than starting from a standing start because of the additional friction caused by the motion of one body relative to another. I’d like to bust this myth in political speak as well. Have you ever belonged to any kind of committee or group for a long time and then had a new person come in and start telling you how to do things their way? Did it create friction in the group or smoothly increase progress? If you answered friction you are exactly right, it can create enough friction that pretty soon everyone’s wishing the newcomer would just go back where he/she came from. Wouldn’t it be refreshing to hear a politician say he/she was going to thoughtfully review the situation, build relationships, and lead from the middle to develop workable solutions? Hitting the ground running is more likely to start a wildfire, and in the current economy with its unpredictable Santa Ana like financial winds, that’s not a great idea.