A New Year, but Nothing New in Washington

Do the hard thingHave you ever made a list of resolutions promising yourself that you will put more money in savings, eat less junk food, or go to the gym more often? Most of us have a hard time truly kicking bad habits unless we make a long-term lifestyle change. For example: Rather than resolving to take up a fad raw food diet for two weeks, a more healthy and transformative resolution would be to say no to dessert as a lifestyle habit.

We all want to make positive life changes, but it is human nature to avoid doing the hard things. It was easy to see this in Washington, D.C., this week in all of the fiscal cliff discussions. During the campaign season, not so long ago, politicians promised to get the economy back on track, reduce the enormous deficit, and create jobs.

But as we learned during the fiscal cliff debates, this was all talk. The tough questions about the debt ceiling and desperately needed budget cuts were not addressed.

The President shifted to focus of the fiscal cliff debates to be about the tax increases only. Now that we are over the fiscal cliff and a tax deal was struck, we need to put the pressure on Washington to address to the real problem. The President and the Congress need to make some long-term resolutions to stop the spending. As President Obama himself once resolved,

“Like any cash-strapped family, we will work within a budget.”

As anyone who has ever made a new year’s resolution like this knows, good intentions don’t mean anything unless you actually stop eating dessert, stop spending frivolously, or go to the gym on January 2nd, January 3rd, January 4th and beyond.

May you stick to your resolutions better than our “leaders” in 2013!

Do the hard thing, or you’ll have to do the harder thing later. (Quote from Kevan Kjar of ArrowHead3 Consulting)

Want to take action? Call you representatives or share the below campaign to make Congress to stop the spending:

Bankrupting America