That’s a failure of leadership, and it’s led to uncertainty in our business environment that affects investment, consumer confidence and growth.
We simply must get back to a government where people of good spirit bring different perspectives to an issue, debate their views, and reach compromise in the best interest of all Americans.
That, most likely, will come only after November.
I urge every one of you to get involved politically this year, not just in the presidential campaign, but in your local, state and national races.
Get to know the candidates, ask them questions, talk with your neighbors, volunteer in a campaign you support, make a campaign contribution, and by all means, vote in the upcoming primaries and general election.
I know it’s tempting to dismiss all politics, as this past year has been one of the most frustrating I can remember.
But there’s an old saying, “Those who don’t participate in government get the government they deserve.”
Regardless of which party wins the presidency in November, there must be a renewed commitment to tackle the nation’s problems together. We cannot afford anything less.
Tom Stenzel is president and chief executive officer of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association.
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