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The US Debt Ceiling; When to Compromise

July 31

It is really unfortunate what is happening these days in the US! No, allow me to rephrase that, it is a SHAME!! It is a shame because it is turning to be an ugly and silly showdown of power between the two major parties of the country, and on the expense of whom? the American people, and do not forget … the rest of the world!

Or let’s put it in other words, it happens that the major economic power of the world, the economy that is strongly tied to the well being of this whole globe, is at the center of a furious game, between the hands of reckless players, just to gain some political points!

Anyway, this is not my point of the post, I just wanted to highlight that we could be witnessing a historical moment here. A moment of rise … and fall! You do not have to take my word for it, tune in to any news channel and you will get a glimpse of the heat, or use the power of the social networks and see this hash-tag created by Jeff Jarvis (#fuckyouwashington) to see how the people of the US are reacting to this situation.

However, such events should not pass by with some lessons learned, and one of them is to know that there is always a common ground, there is always a way to compromise, but this ‘always’ has a critical condition; the well being of the group is far more important than the well being of any part of it.

This is not a new invention, the win-win situations, the art of negotiations, … etc are all stressing the importance of compromise, to think of the larger goodness and see beyond the immediate and temporary benefits! It could be happening at home, with your friends, your clients, your customers, your coworkers … etc.

I know .. phrases and concepts of greater good and thinking beyond the immediate results are starting to sound strange on the ears and hearts in a world that is inclined more and more to be self centered around a group of people, around individuals!

 

Posted by on July 31, 2011 in General Management, Leadership

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5 responses to “The US Debt Ceiling; When to Compromise

  1. Jerry M

    August 1, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    A very sad event there was no need to make the debt ceiling an issue since it is really nothing more than a formality (the money being spent is already budgeted and that budget has been passed by congress). By making this debt ceiling a crisis the Republicans have gambled and exposed the US for what it is an aging power that is barely up to the challenges of the new century.

     
    • Saad Al Dosari

      August 1, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      Hello Jerry …
      I have listend to Fareed Zakaria on the radio the other day and he was saying the exact same thing you just said. This whole mess has been budgeted before and this whole play is nothing but a nonsense play!

      I like the aging power part, because honestly, this is how the whole world is seeing the US at the moment. People already started discussing the world after the US!

       
      • Jerry M

        August 2, 2011 at 9:19 pm

        I will add that even if we didn’t have the artificial debt crisis, the position of the US as unquestioned world leader has been under examination for a few years. In the next 50 years China or India may should be where the US is now. There histories are very different so they won’t replace what the US was, but things will have to change.

         
  2. Francisco Eismont

    August 1, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    why I have quit voting – not one leader in either party – in fact most are completely crazy – no ideas and dumba$$ voters who keep sending the same losers to DC year after year.

     
    • Saad Al Dosari

      August 1, 2011 at 11:15 pm

      Hello Francisco …
      It is politics … always a dirty game!

       

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