“Change” versus improvement

 

Looking back at the election, one of the most overused words by candidates was  “change”.

Almost every candidate stated their plan to “change” some aspect of government and the implication was that these “changes” would make the world better.

However, in the world of politics, promising you will make “change” is just the latest “change” from the formerly used promise to “make a difference”.

Both terms miss the mark. What the American public has always wanted and continues to expect from their government is improvement.

Every “change” consumes our limited resources and “change” for the sake of “change” is wasteful and unproductive.

Deck chairs on the Titanic

Deck chairs on the Titanic

As an example, would the “change” and activity involved in rearranging the deck chairs on the sinking Titanic have meaningfully improved the outcome?  The last eight years should be enough proof that what was sold to the public as transformational “change” did not result in significant improvement for most of the American public and wasted valuable and limited resources.  So newly elected officials, please stop “changing” and start improving.

Jeff Manning

Lewiston

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