Of Taxes and Courageous Leadership

Of Taxes and Courageous Leadership

Another partisan, highly-controversial piece of major legislation–taxes–is up for debate in the U.S. Senate. I’ve no idea as of right now what the outcome will be, but am certain that at least half the country will be upset with the final vote.

It’s hard to think of the last time any piece of major legislation, be it taxes, health care, or anything else, was anything but a polarizing event, riddled with grandstanding, name-calling, and innuendo. Has the American political body truly lost any ability to exert courageous leadership? Is it too much to ask that these well-educated, highly successful individuals we’ve elected might look at core domestic problems such as tax burdens in a collaborative manner, and foster imperfect solutions that do far more good than harm? Are we really no better than “win-lose” or “lose-win?”

I’d love to see the majority of American politicians show up to serve with this kind of mindset: “Let’s see. I want as many people as possible to experience the highest quality of life imaginable–economically, socially, culturally–and, therefore, I’m going to have that perspective each time I create or consider legislation or regulations. I’ll always be on the side of including rather than excluding people, because that’s what America is at its best: a land of inclusion.”

Perhaps I’m just naive or simplistic. But I’ll choose those attributes any day over cynicism or passively accepting mediocrity.