New Years Resolutions for the New Administration
t is quite common for individuals to make New Years Resolutions, a combination of goal setting and desire to do things differently. Often times those resolutions focus on getting in shape, developing better habits, forgiving others, and generally doing better than in the past. It also seems to be the case that often times by about January 15, those resolutions are long forgotten and we go back to the bad habits that we already have. 10 years ago I resolved that that 2007 would be the year that among other things, I would learn to solve the Rubik’s cube. It took me another nine years but I got it eventuality.
As President Trump and his new administration take over the federal government I have a few ideas for resolutions they might make that will help them have a safe and prosperous 2017.
- Keep your promises– This may very well be easier said than done, but making a concerted effort to rid Washington of the “business as usual” policies that is such a turn off to voters should be a top priority.
- Be a better friend – Ronald Reagan said that America is a city on a hill. We are an example to the rest of the world of freedom and justice. The new administration needs to solidify relationships with our long-term allies and trade partners.
- Get in shape– Start with programs and initiatives that focus on streamlining healthcare, reducing chronic health conditions like diabetes and obesity, and increase funding for cancer, heart disease, and stroke research.
- Forgive those who have wronged you-Magnanimity is a highly desirable and immensely difficult quality to possess. The new administration would be well served to make efforts at bi-partisanship something the previous administration had very little success in doing.
- Spend Less, Save More– Responsible people make and stick to a budget. They know how much they make, and then spend less than that. After years of deficit spending by previous administrations, the Trump administration should could to responsible spending, cut wasteful programs, and look for actual solutions to entitlement spending.
I suspect that if the administration committed to these resolutions, they will have a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2017. But like many things related to President Trump, I guess we will just have to wait and see.