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Thursday, January 24, 2013

LET'S FOCUS PEOPLE!

BRYCE ON POLITICS

- Are we really addressing the challenges of the day, or are we being distracted?

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I recently posted a comment on Facebook regarding the presidential inauguration held last Monday, to wit:

"You know, I am really not interested that:
- Beyonce lip synched during the inauguration.
- What clothes Michele or the children wore, or how they wore their hair.
- Bill Clinton was caught ogling Kelly Clarkson.
- Michelle was spotted rolling her eyes at House Speaker John Boehner.
- The president's speech focused on social reform.

Frankly, I'm more interested in:
- Fixing our struggling economy.
- Putting America back to work.
- Reducing the federal deficit and debt.
- Creating the first budget in four years.
- Revising and enforcing our immigration policies.
- Enacting a sane policy for energy independence.
- Devising a standard and intelligent electoral process that doesn't cost a fortune.
- Revising our policies on federal lobbying.

Let's focus people! Beyonce can wait. The American people cannot."


I made this comment off the cuff. I didn't realize it would result in several "Likes" and "Shares" in the network, not to mention considerable feedback from my readers. I guess I had touched a nerve and was surprised by how many people felt likewise.

It should be the media's responsibility to keep us focused on the pressing issues of the day, not to distract us from them. Tabloid journalism is one thing, keeping the American public abreast of our challenges is another. It makes you question their motive and who they are working for, certainly not the people.

I don't care how the president tries to dress it up on February 12th, the State of the Union is not good. Whether you voted for the president or not, the facts are undeniable. The quandry though is what our priorities should be, the economy or social reform? Will we be proactive or reactive in how we address these problems? Our government only reacts to what they consider are the country's highest priorities (with some miscellaneous pork thrown in). If the media contends Beyonce's lip synch is more important than the federal debt, don't look for the powers in Washington to be overly concerned with our $16.3 trillion debt, or with our GDP, unemployment, balance of exports, etc.

Until such time as the American public demands more journalistic responsibility from the media, don't look for our government to address the proper priorities of the people.

Like I said, let's focus people!

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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