Are we there yet? 6 things small businesses should do post election

Published: Monday, Nov. 5 2012 12:00 p.m. MST

  • Encourage your elected officials to represent the interests of the country: I believe what’s good for the country will be good for small business. Special-interest money drives the debate these days. Tell your congressperson or senator to ignore bias media outlets, walk across the aisle, shake hands and do the work of the government. In recent memory, I can’t think of a time when I’ve seen anything but gridlock. Nothing happens with such a partisan vote unless you hold a majority in the House or Senate. This is no way to run a government. This is insanity. If this continues, it doesn’t matter who is president, we’ll be having the same discussion next time about broken promises and lies. Isn’t it time that we started worrying more about good ideas and less about where they came from? The late President Harry Truman said, “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you don’t care who gets credit for it.”
  • Vote for someone different next time: I’ve never voted a straight ticket. In fact, I usually vote against the incumbent. It’s too easy to go back there and forget what you went back there for. Two or three terms should be enough for anyone — that’s 18 years in the Senate and six years in the House. Washington is never going to pass term limits in our lifetime — it’s up to us. I will be voting for at least one candidate this year that is personally distasteful because the other one has been back in Washington for too long. It’s time we all did the same.
  • Carry on: Over the course of my career, I’ve seen elected officials come and go. Business moves forward. It struggles, but it moves forward. Encourage and inspire your employees to perform at their best and carry on. Don’t whine about whether or not your candidate for president won the election. As of today, the day before the election, it’s too close to call. Half the country will be disappointed; the other half will be gloating. Neither behavior is going to help us create the products and services that will keep our businesses alive and thriving. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get back to work.
  • Whoever is our next president, I hope he is successful. I will encourage my representatives to worry less about where the ideas come from — to cross the aisle, shake hands and get to work. Will you?

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