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How has the U.S. political system affected your business recently?

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  • 01 Apr 2012

    Colin McKillop

    The globalization of business with real time decision making through instantaneous 24 hour messaging - allows - anyone - anywhere the ability to have open and frank dialogue with company leadership, provide a onsite update on situational facts and get direction or make a group decision in a crisis in less than 60 minutes.

    The US political system at a Federal, State or City level with its ideological divide spends critical time fighting over philosophical differences for days, weeks, months and years without making any real decision.

    Democratic Policy advances, combining the best ideas from both sides are foreign territory in the America political system today which no longer is dependent on a system which one day had at its foundation taking the best-of-two dynamics.

    No business could survive in an environment of ongoing political war, factions and the complete lack of any decision making or action.

    A old Kenyan story perhaps captures it best:

    "When elephants fight - only the grass gets trumpled"

  • 13 May 2012

    William Wiener

    My university has suffered tremendous budget cuts as a result of the economic downturn. This has resulted in less funding from the state and higher increases in student tuition which is causing a loss of students.

  • 05 Jun 2012

    Edward Waibel, MBA '72

    The crippling control of unions over American primary and secondary education and the extraordinarily "tight" relationship of one political party to those unions has produced over the last 30 or 40 years demonstrably weaker (and, therefore) less competitive high school graduates. The backbone of an industrial society is still the blue collar, middle class worker. And, the U.S. is now losing this "battle" with more than a dozen current and rising industrial powers in the world. The union-political party alliance must be broken, or we will continue to slip intellectually with our worldwide competitors vis-a-vis these blue collar, middle class workers. Furthermore, even at the college and graduate school levels, too few of our own high school graduates are filling the STEM seats at universities and graduate schools. A nation that is estimated to need 800,000 STEM graduates during the next decade but is only pr oducing 100,000 to 200,000 cannot compete. I firmly reject any notion that enhanced allocation of financial resources is necessary: we led the world and went to the moon over 40 years ago without anywhere near the financial resources which are being expended per student. The problem is NOT money; the problem is lowered expectations (and, quite frankly) demands placed upon primary and secondary students to perform.

  • 26 Jul 2012

    Taylor Moffitt of Holydean

    The new JOBS Act represents a rare bipartisan effort to help create new business growth. It will help vast numbers of small businesses to raise funds, without costly registrations and red tape. Hats off to the politicians on this one.

  • 07 Sep 2012

    Derek Lewis

    After the recent healthcare legislation passed I have witnessed some of my peers be highly cautious about growing their businesses above 49 employees. One of our businesses has contemplated remaining below 50 employees to avoid the cost risks of the legislation. It's remarkable that the political elite refuse to accept the main-street realities of their policies. Or worse they accept in this case, dampened job growth in favor of their pet entitlement program.

  • 15 Oct 2012

    Brent Wolfe

    I work for a defense contractor. The government is doing less and less actual work but doing more intense micro-managing and oversight. The government should be telling it's contractors "Give us the best product that meets all specification requirments at the best price a the specified time". This is not what is happening. The government wants to know the nuts and bolts of every operation. It once took the government 12 months to give me an approval to add a fault indicator light to a piece of government owned euipment. There were several hours of my time as well as mutliples more of the governments time discussing the function of this fault light and whether it was needed. The problem lies with the ignorance of the people that are trying to govern the contractors processes. They have no clue how the process works so they should not be trying to tell us how to run it. The government is injecting itself into the manufactur ing process. It needs to be focusing less on the manufacturing process and deciding what government personnel are best suited for which positions. Just because someone has achieved enough points in the civillian government job application program doesn't make that person an expert in the field they are employed to govern. It needs to be more of a partnership and less of an evil step parent/step child relationship.

    This govenrment oversight which is supposed to improve the quality of the product is going to increase the cost of the items purchased by the government. The unfortunate part is the government will get a more expensive product with no improvement in quality.

  • 18 Oct 2012

    Don Pratt

    Obamacare has introduced a heavy expense burden on all small businesses...

  • 20 Oct 2012

    Mark B Synnott

    Of course most businesses are currently impacted by the ongoing narrow interest ideological and political sideshows in Washington. Consumer confidence and corporate investment confidence is tentative. Ultimately this is a consumer driven economy built on positive expectations not ideological belief systems. The "animal spirits are subdued and cowered". Just look at the Presidential Debates with all the focus on what is wrong and the negatives instead of what is great and positive about the U.S.

    Fixed mindsets and blind ideology or beliefs are causing the U.S to put liberty and economic growth and ultimately military capabilities at risk.

    Where are the business leaders who have the future of liberty and U S economic leadership as a priority - it appears they are afraid to offend the ideologues.

    Where are the great business school leaders - too dependent on government grants - afraid to speak out in the interests of the nation !

    We need a national consensus convened by major stakeholders who have a non ideologue interest in the future of all the American people and what we stand for in terms of "democratic" capitalism ( not political party capitalism.) Democratic capitalism meaning widespread commitment to and broad participation in the growth of community, family,corporate resources and wealth / well being.

    Are there any non political leaders out there who are prepared to abandon the shackles of ideology and work for the common good?

    To those who have benefited most much is expected!

    The positive media, the intellectual institutions, the professions, the religious leaders, and urban community leaders all needs to be catalysts and set forth the aspirations and potential of this great republic built on the principles of liberty, fairness, meritocricy, family, and commmunity.

    If the political system continues to pull down the "Pillars of the Temple" then the US will deteriorate in relative terms and influence in the world and the the next centuries will below to other forms of constitutional governance.

    Who / which leaders are going to hold out anew that we are destined to continue building and renewing that unfinished idea of the "Shining City on the Hill".

    Politicans once elected need to take an oath to represent the interests of all citizens and communities in their state or district.