Georgia began its fiscal year today, (or as one of the State’s great lovers and current Senate candidate says, “physical year”), so Happy New Year to all.
My New Year’s traditions usually involve massive amounts of college football (not available) and a meal that wouldn’t be allowed within 3 blue states of a Democrat convention (Note to self, let’s make it to Carver’s Store this week).
My New Year’s traditions do not include making New Year’s resolutions. Ever. We all want to lose some weight, get in shape, do good things, give Bill Simon the benefit of the doubt, etc. But as always, we know that we have no intention of doing these things, and they’re really just something to talk about between the BCS Championship game and the Super Bowl, when most resolutions are forgotten.
So, instead of making my resolutions in January, I tend to use my birthday (way away from New Year’s) as a time to make the resolutions I actually intend to keep. I do this because it’s a lot easier to change behavior when other people aren’t watching. Have you ever noticed how ads for Dairy Queen and Pizza Hut are everywhere during January? These sadistic folks know you’re trying to diet, and that really cuts into their sales of trans fat. They want you to fail. They need you to fail.
It’s a lot easier to sneak into a gym and set a routine when it’s less crowded in the summer. It’s easier to seek the help you need without the attention of a lot of kibitzers who are only around because their wife gave them a gym membership as a Christmas gift, and they have to pretend to put a few weeks in before they quit. These kinds of changes don’t come easy, but I’m not getting any younger. Sometimes you just have to suck it up when you know change is needed.
My point? Glad you asked. The State Leadership could stand to make a few resolutions right now, and really, really work on them when no one is paying attention. Sonny, Casey, Glenn, I’m talking to you. The State can not afford another session of the General Assembly to be a failure like the last two. YOU can’t afford it, either.
I’ll be blunt. You’re going to need each other this year like you’ve never needed political allies before. Casey, you need some achievements and the state to be on the poll tested “right track” if you want to be Governor in two years. Mr. Speaker, you could really use the Lt. Governor’s help to get some of your reform ideas passed and signed into law. Governor, if we’re still talking about traffic studies and possible tax reform solutions two years from now, you will not have the legacy you want.
Gentlemen, the three of you represent the first elected Republican leadership team in the history of this great state. Yet we are bogged down in petty bickering among our leadership while the state has real issues that need attention. The degree of difficulty will be turned up a notch this session as the economic head winds that we are facing are strong and real. We need each of you to work as a team to set a direction and make things happen.
This won’t be easy. It’s a change to the routine, but it is so much needed. I wouldn’t advise waiting around to try it in January. I’d start working on it now, when no one is looking.