Friday, March 22, 2013
How I spent my Wednesday.......
3:00 A. M. Wednesday morning, a bus-load of Licking Countians, including your faithful blogger, left from the Heath-Newark-Licking County Port Authority and made the seven hour drive to Washington D. C. The contingent included a variety of elected officials and business/industry/Chamber of Commerce folks. We were there to meet with Congressmen, and/or their staffs, about an issue of extreme importance to our community. After four hours of meetings, we piled back onto the bus for the seven hour return trip. A long, and hopefully successful, day. Here are a few take-aways:
-I was impressed by the competence, intelligence and grace of all the elected officials, and their staffs, that we met.
-Their schedules are a nightmare and the demands on their time and attention are beyond considerable.
-Visitors to the busy Capitol seemed to be equally divided between high school bus tours and other folks like us coming to plead a case.
-The "dysfunction" in Washington may stem more from the often contradictory requests/demands us citizens place before the government than from any lack of talent. Just saying.