Your Opinion: Transformation requires ‘can do’ attitude
Sunday, September 11, 2011
The recent Tribune news report on the local Chamber of Commerce’s Transformation team is very encouraging. Civic leaders and local politicians continue working together to improve our community with a progressive plan for the future.
After more than a year’s hard work goals have been prioritized and defined. The news this past week showed how aggressive our leaders intend to approach these goals. The mayor and others want to go for the home run.
They are talking a taxing mechanism over 10 years. The anti-tax citizens will say we cannot afford it. They will say now is not the time. They will say we should play “small ball.” They will insist that if private enterprise would not spend this money, it is a worthless effort. I hope most citizens in this community will not agree with all these standard excuses for doing nothing. Communities should step up to the challenge.
There are those who say this is not investment. That they could better use the money that they say would be “extracted” from them. They will get to vote on the future. They can vote to stay in their bunkers and hoard their money or work towards a common good.
Bloomberg news recently reported American business is turning its back on hiring American men. Another Bloomberg story from last week reported that our shrinking labor force could curb American expansion for the next two decades. These are stunning stories of lost opportunities and a complete failure of our national leaders to deal with common problems.
These failures will lead to stagnation. The careers and futures of millions of young people will be delayed or completely wiped out because opportunity will not be there.
There are no quick fixes to our employment problems. No politician has an immediate solution. Regardless of party when politicians focus on the next election any jobs solution will be smoke and mirrors. Solutions to big problems take time and investment. The Chamber Transformation goals are an excellent example.
I am fortunate to be in a community where leadership is trying to buck these negative trends. “Can do” is much more impressive than “can’t do.” You can’t hit a home run unless you swing the bat.