This week I interviewed a realtor for a news story in the local paper. We talked about property values, what makes Brandon a great place to live, the future of the housing market, consumer confidence, and the economy in general.
Then I asked what single factor has the potential to positively impact our local economy in general, and the housing market in particular. She didn’t miss a beat:
I can’t wait for this election to be over,” she said. “Once the campaign started in earnest the negative energy just spiraled down. Both parties are guilty. We had the beginnings of a strong recovery in 2011, but then the politicians sucked all the confidence out of the market. I don’t really care who wins, so long as it’s over soon…
SABOTAGE: It seems to me, as a fairly objective observer, that far too many people in politics want things to not only look bad but actually be bad. It’s getting to look a lot like the firefighter who sneaks out at night as an arsonist. That way he can sound the alarm, jump in his fire truck, put the fires out and come off like a hero.
Yesterday I listened to a conservative commentator admit that he’s actually happy when he hears bad news on the economy. In fact, he said, he’d like to see more stress on the consumer, including higher gas prices. Why? Because that would increase the likelihood that Romney will win in November.
Really? Come on, people. Have we come to the place now where people are comfortable with the sabotage… because it ultimately leads to the opportunity for their ideology to play fireman and show up with a hose?
Newsflash, Mr. (and Ms.) Politician. You don’t have a hose big enough to put out the kind of fire you’re starting when you go down that road.
GOOD NEWS: But there is – I’m convinced – good news. There is enough money, there are enough resources, and we have enough imagination to restore economic stability to this economy. All that needs to happen is for enough people to believe.
And so, Ms. (and Mr.) Politician, instead of trying to suck the life out of this wonderful country by moaning and complaining and sabotaging all the time, how about putting your heads together and acting in a way that will stoke our confidence instead of fueling the fire?
Just a thought – DEREK