If any one of us had the
same record on the job as Barack Obama over for the last three
years, we'd be sent packing.
After two weeks of non-stop convention-ing, the nation finally
has all the data it needs to understand the truth about what this
election should be based on.
After two weeks of people advocating for big-government,
bottom-up philosophies vs. free market, small businesses, and ideas
of how to grow our economy out of this mess, the halls have died
The delegates have returned home.
God has been voted down. The unborn child has been prayed for at
the conclusion of both conventions. Assertions of freedom of choice
have been made on everything from sex to guns. Distinct ideas have
been put forth about economic improvement as well as America's role
in the world, and one side has even carefully examined the number
of times the other specifically mentioned the nation's
Now we enter the season -- especially for you
swing-staters -- when your evenings will be barraged by
the never-ending onslaught of ads that are designed to convince you
to vote on something other than your basic reality. Then come the
debates -- where both sides will claim victory.
The assault of swing state ads will continue, and the outcome of
all of this will be: little of it mattered.
The truth is that four years ago America the corporation hired a
new employee to relocate to Washington and to run the largest
corporation in the world. In doing so, he inherited significant
challenges, but he also inherited the largest workforce our
corporation had ever given an incoming executive. He would also
inherit the largest amount of resources any CEO has ever been
given. He has -- by our good grace -- the most amount of
flexibility, power, and decision making freedom of any executive in
He told us in a one-on-one interview shortly after taking the
position that if he failed in three years, he'd only stay four.
But like so many executives that get used to the digs, after his
performance has failed in nearly every area we needed him to bring
corrective change to, he has come to us in his review period and
said, "Hey ... I could've done a lot worse." This isn't a very
convincing explanation of his time with our company, and as the
board of directors, we're about to fire him.
The interesting thing about our board -- which makes it slightly
different than other corporations -- is that you do not have to be
an active employee of the company to get a vote.
In fact we'd prefer to have a much leaner employee base.
It is clear that our bottom line cannot afford it, and yet
this executive recklessly went out and expanded the number of
employees we pay by a greater percentage than the private sector
employees he was hired to help. The problem is, much of our payroll
doesn't even go to actual ... employees.
We're paying people because they have backaches, or they're over
a certain age, and we're even paying people for 99 weeks after they
cease having a job elsewhere -- whether they are looking for work
Morale is low. Pitifully low. Our executive has not inspired,
given direction, motivated, or enabled his team to set new goals,
develop new ideas, or innovate new products. In fact, he has placed
powerful penalties in the way of people who would do those things
by starting private sector corporations of their own. Therefore, it
is of little surprise that we have the lowest formation of new
corporations since World War II.
Worse yet, our executive has been openly deceptive and dishonest
in his reports back to us: his board of directors.
He claims that he has inspired the
creation of 4.5 million new jobs, but to do so ignores the
number of people that have lost so much hope -- after getting their
99-week check from our corporation -- that they have still been
unable to find new employers. His real job creation rate is closer
to 2.7 million by the most accurate -- and optimistic --
accounting. But deception did not end there.
The day after our executive gave us his last argument for why he
should get to keep his job he would claim to have created 96,000
more jobs. But we would learn upon closer inspection that 368,000+
gave up looking for work altogether -- and instead of counting them
as jobless individuals, our executive stopped counting them at all,
altered his numbers, and tried to tell us that fewer people were
out of work.
The pattern of dishonesty and deception would be reason enough
But complete incompetence on every important factor related to
the health of our corporate initiative is what screams out for an
immediate change of course.
Sadly, more than 88 million people are jobless. But again, our
CEO's numbers, in all of the reports he gives us, never reflect
this horrible reality.
So we know that he implemented the plans of direction that he
honestly believed would turn things around, but we as his employer,
board, and stockholders could not disagree more with the idea of
continuing those plans any further. Even if we support him
individually, none of us can argue that he's done his job well.
We should tell him, "You will find a cardboard box, or a few,
outside your office on November 7. Take from then until January
20th or so to pack up, but please leave the place as clean and neat
as you found it. Our new applicant has some good experience on all
the things we feel you've missed the mark on, and we'd like him to
get to work right away."
At least, this would be the reality if any one of us had the
same record he did for the last three years.
Kevin McCullough (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the nationally
syndicated host of "The Kevin McCullough Show" weekdays and
"Baldwin/McCullough Radio" Saturdays (9-11 p.m. EST) on more than
600 radio stations. His newest best-selling hardcover from Thomas
Nelson Publishers -- "No He Can't: How Barack Obama is Dismantling Hope
and Change" -- is in stores now.
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