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Posted by on Oct. 12, 2013 at 11:51 PM
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(WTVM) -

Many of us learned that one of the worst effects of the government shutdown was the denial of immediate death benefits to families of soldiers killed in Afghanistan - among them, were three who trained at Fort Benning.

After citizens expressed outrage, the Pentagon got help from the non-profit Fisher House Foundation to restore the $100,000 death benefits to each military family.

The government will pay the foundation back when the shutdown ends…but the real cost is not just in dollars.

Families suffering the ultimate loss also felt abandoned by the government their loved ones protected so bravely.

The inability of the White House and Congress to get together to solve the shutdown seems especially petty when viewed through the eyes of the real people living with the effects of the shutdown-emotional and financial.

For instance, the tourism industry that depends on national park visitors are losing millions they can never recoup because the government won't allow any park visitors.

Even if the shutdown ends soon, hard feelings and hard positions on both sides will continue to hurt our economy.  This is no way to do the people's business.

Congress and the president should take a lesson from small business owners who know they need to act decisively, make smart financial decisions and keep customers happy to succeed.

Why is it that when it comes to the government, those three things are often at the bottom of the list?



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turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Oct. 13, 2013 at 12:39 AM


Quoting stormcris:


Congress and the president should take a lesson from small business owners who know they need to act decisively, make smart financial decisions and keep customers happy to succeed.

Why is it that when it comes to the government, those three things are often at the bottom of the list?



Isnt that what they are doing....only not to everyone but to their constituents?

stormcris
by Christy on Oct. 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

Do you mean their corporate and wealthy interests?

Quoting turtle68:


Quoting stormcris:


Congress and the president should take a lesson from small business owners who know they need to act decisively, make smart financial decisions and keep customers happy to succeed.

Why is it that when it comes to the government, those three things are often at the bottom of the list?



Isnt that what they are doing....only not to everyone but to their constituents?


turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Oct. 13, 2013 at 7:58 AM
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Not just them...the joe blows who voted them in (in this scenario...their customers), they dont want the ACA, they dont want to bend to ANYTHING opposite them.  So their representatives took decisive action on behalf of their customers and went to bat for them.  They think by stopping anything the opposition stands for is a financial gain.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you mean their corporate and wealthy interests?

Quoting turtle68:


Quoting stormcris:


Congress and the president should take a lesson from small business owners who know they need to act decisively, make smart financial decisions and keep customers happy to succeed.

Why is it that when it comes to the government, those three things are often at the bottom of the list?



Isnt that what they are doing....only not to everyone but to their constituents?



coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Oct. 13, 2013 at 8:35 AM
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Unfortunately our political system has adopted an us against them attitude. As long as that continues, nothing productive will be accomplished. Winning at all costs is more important than doig the right thing.
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meriana
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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Yes those elected are supposed to listen to their constituents but their actions should also be tempered by a view of what's good for the country as a whole and the population as a whole, not just their small part of it. As for what a small business owner would do. Say that business owner had 1000 customers but 25 of those customers wanted him to change his hours of operation to benefit them. If that change would not also benefit his remaining 975 customers would he make that change? Probably not because he also has to consider the impact of that change on the other 975 customers. Relating that to the current Gov. stand-off, certain members of Congress are holding the "business" hostage in order to get what they think the 25 customers want regardless of the impact on the other 975 customers. Not a smart move, not in Gov. and not in business.
pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on Oct. 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM
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I wouldn't include the Repubs in the above scenario. They passed bills to fund those of the fallen and to open up the memorials.  Obama could easily paid the families of the fallen with a stroke of his pen but he is refusing to do so.  It is shameful.  So when you say government, you really need to define which part of government you really are asking about.

stormcris
by Christy on Oct. 13, 2013 at 2:44 PM

The primarary stance pitting one side against another does't really do the three things though. Negotiation is the key to conducting business well. Businesses which take a hard line to this degree often fail as they lose the support of customers. 

Quoting turtle68:

Not just them...the joe blows who voted them in (in this scenario...their customers), they dont want the ACA, they dont want to bend to ANYTHING opposite them.  So their representatives took decisive action on behalf of their customers and went to bat for them.  They think by stopping anything the opposition stands for is a financial gain.

Quoting stormcris:

Do you mean their corporate and wealthy interests?

Quoting turtle68:


Quoting stormcris:


Congress and the president should take a lesson from small business owners who know they need to act decisively, make smart financial decisions and keep customers happy to succeed.

Why is it that when it comes to the government, those three things are often at the bottom of the list?



Isnt that what they are doing....only not to everyone but to their constituents?




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