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Just four months to go and we’ll elect the next president of the United States.  The campaigns are gearing up to rev up their supporters and sound bites fill the air with half-truths at best, and in many cases, outright lies.  Words or actions are twisted like a pretzel to portray the candidate as if they are monsters.  That seems to be the method of choice for most campaigns, and based on the handlers that look at reaction to these negative campaigns, they seem to work.  I’m not certain if that’s a good reflection on either the campaigners or the people it sways?  Negative campaigns in most political contests are expected at some level, but at the presidential level, it seems to really lower to prestige of the office.  This country is really suffering – suffering from mistakes of the past, from global economic realities, from lack of exceptional leadership.  President Obama is not a skilled leader, but a talented campaigner.  He’s been in campaign mode since he started his quest for office – and is still in that mode.  Any of the policies he has desired to push through have not been promoted with a healthy debate on the merits, but mainly by negatives (typical campaign approach) related to alternate approaches.  This constant barrage of negativism over the past 3 1/2 years is  further divided congress and the American people.

There have been a number of attacks on Romney by the Obama campaign that are either simply false, or at best a twisted version of reality.  Romney is a businessman who knows what it takes to run a company, to drive profits and grow businesses.  You do this by understanding how business operates, and understanding how to improve efficiencies.  Companies that are profitable can expand, can grow, can hire, and can help other companies to grow (by using them in the supply chain).  Expansion may even take place in other countries (yes, we operate in a Global economy).  That’s what business is about – growth through innovation, growth through efficiencies, growth through expansion.  It’s clear that our bloated, inefficient government could use some proven business processes to reduce expenses and run more effectively.  Let’s have a healthy debate on that – instead of calling Romney a felon, let’s have a discussion on how Obamacare is going to be an efficient program that will truly help our health care system?  Instead of calling Romney the king of outsourcing, lets talk about elimination of wasteful government spending.  Let’s stop talking in sound bites and have a discussion on how we can reduce the size of the government and improve the lives of all Americans by getting America back to work.

I think the most frustrating thing is many Americans make decisions just on sound bites, because it’s too hard to understand the reality of the facts. Wake up America – before it’s too late!

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What in the world is happening to America – what is going on in DC – Where have all our leaders gone?  I’m sorry to say that President Obama is NOT a leader.  He came to power with limited management experience, and his approach to governing is abysmal.  His approach to almost everything is to blame someone else – blame Bush, blame oil companies, blame oil speculators, blame wall street, blame insurance companies, blame the rich…it goes on and on.  Blaming others for problems that exist is not leadership – its victimship.  Victimship is where you create a “villain”  and then use this villain to be the reason why something isn’t going right for you.  Let’s look at a few examples – we have a health care issue in the United States – let’s create a villain in the Insurance Industry – blame them for the problem, then let’s create “The Affordable Health Care Act” and let the government regulate and in essence take over the industry.  Or, gas prices are going up – let’s turn oil speculators into villains and let’s go after them.  That is NOT leadership – it’s more like “lack of”.

So, what is leadership?  Leadership is part great manager, great coach, great listener, and great visionary.  Each one on its own is not enough, but a combination of all of these brings about a strong and viable leader.  If healthcare is an issue, understand what the real issue is (great listener), build a positive vision that has elements of support across the aisle (great coach), manage expectations (great manager), and drive the vision forward (great visionary).  Unfortunately, due to lack of leadership, partisanship has reached a poisonous level.  To be president of the United States, there are many traits important, but most important is a level of experience in a leadership role.  Mr.Obama is an educated man, successful lawyer, but has fallen short in his current role – mainly due to lack of significant experience as a leader.  He really only knows how to be a politician, and is in a continual state of running for the next election – this has totally diminished his ability to lead.  The problems we face in this country have grown too large to continue to play these political games.  The time has come for our elected officials to come together and focus on solving our problems together – let’s dig deep and discover the root causes of problems, and solve them.

As we head towards the fall of this year, we as a country must recognize that America’s leadership in the world is also diminishing. Our march to a more socialistic society is debilitating our ability to sustain growth at levels we’ve enjoyed in the past.  The size of our government is putting our country in financial straits that will be difficult to dig out of.  In November, we will have the opportunity to re-think our direction, re-evaluate our principles, and renew our country’s prosperity.

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