December 1, 2013 by Jan Stone
There are lots of lessons from grade school through post-grad studies that we carry with us all of our lives, delivered by teachers and authors.
Dr. Seuss reminds us it’s always best to hold hands when going outside―a lesson I’ll never forget. Every teacher I’ve ever had from kindergarten through college has said, in varying but indisputable terms, “if you tell me you have a problem, come with a possible solution,” or “don’t tell me something’s broken if you can’t tell me how to fix it,” and “if you can point out the problem, you better be smart enough to point out the solution if you want to survive in the work world.”
We have an elected House of Representatives and Senators divided on everything our elected President is trying to carry out, presuming the electorate voted our president into office twice based on mutually agreeable objectives. Aside from the childish GOP tactic of pounding feet against the floor and shouting no, no, no to anything the president proposes, most Republicans consistently put forth the forbidden response to “this doesn’t work.” They repeatedly challenge any issue with some form of “I don’t know how to fix this.”
Why, then, are they in such important jobs? If they don’t have anything productive to offer to fix healthcare, insurance, the budget, the Middle East, joblessness, homelessness, education and other incredibly important national and international issues, why do they have a job?
I can’t imagine repeatedly going into any of my boss’ offices saying “I don’t know how to fix this” and walking out with my job. More less doing so for eight years! I urge those of you troubled by the deafening chorus of “I don’t know how to fix this” to show the country how to begin to fix this—the moment you can, boot out those singing that tune ad nauseam.