I don’t know about you, but I get pretty frustrated with where things are in the world of politics these days. The question is what can we do about it?

Next year is a presidential election year, and it seems like every time you turn on the T.V., computer or read a newspaper or magazine, someone is throwing their counterpart, in some cases even their ally, under the bus in order to better position themselves with a group or the Nation! 

When did we even get to this position in the government…or have we always been here and it was “before my time”.  Now don’t get me wrong, as someone who is an avid policy watcher, I too enjoy a good duel and sometimes the use of a few zingers to show that the candidate or politician has a spine; however, what I don’t appreciate is when the only way for us to debate amongst ourselves is for us to prey on the weak and count our triumphs.

I too get fed up with the bureaucracy within government and act like a typical sports fan, asking  why did you do that… like I could and would have made a better decision given all of what our political servants have going on.   Imagine if you’re entire life was on broadcast. Every move you make, the car you drive, the neighborhood you live in. Everything available for public scrutiny!  On the other hand, sure they chose this line of work; no one made them do it, right?

Well, regardless of where you sit or what side of the isle you sit on, the reality is many Americans feel this way.  Unfortunately, I don’t have the answer to how WE resolve this challenge; however, I can tell you one option for helping to address some of that pent-up frustration with politics – talk about it!  If you’re crazy or a little on the edge…I’m not talking to you!  This meet-up is for my sane-minded brethren (although sometimes I wonder about myself) who would like to hear first hand what’s been going on in our Nation’s Capitol and why and how some of the decisions being made within Washington will affect even us in Durham, North Carolina.

I challenge you to join me this Thursday, September 1from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. as we hear from Congressman David Price, Representative of the 4th Congressional District of N.C.  Congressman Price will speak to issues related to the budget and economy and how these changes underpin local government and its ability to support, let’s say, research & development within our backyard!  Sure there will be opportunities for you to ask those tough questions about issues related to your business industry. But do me a favor…remember we only have a little more than an hour.  See you at the Chamber!    


-John White