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Don’t Point your Finger

What happened to that old rule of owning up to your mistakes?  We have all seen kids point to their little sibling when the vase broke or the last cookie was eaten, but this ploy is not reserved for the younger generation.  As people age they seem to be honing their ability to blame others, and not take responsibility when they make a mistake.  Some are so proficient at this trick that they don’t even realize they are doing it.  It has become part of who they are.

In the design world when a product is ordered wrong, the designer usually pays for it.  It happened to me at the beginning of my career.  I ended up with a tall kitchen pantry cabinet that was painted white and had no toekick.  Since I owned the cabinet, I made good use of it.  It went to college with my daughter and was returned to me when she graduated.  Recently I made my second mistake in 28 years, and paid for a granite error.  I am not above making a few mistakes and certainly not going to have someone else assume the responsibility of paying for it and  hope others feel that way, as well.

So where am I going with this rant?  As you know, I make it a point not to write about religion or politics.  I get less headaches that way.  This week, President Obama was re-elected to a second term.  Obviously, the majority of the American people chose to have him lead our country for another 4 years.  He has the opportunity to take responsibility for his actions, and go down in history as a President who made decisions to help America gain back the standing we had in the world. 

I am sure I am not the only American who is tired of hearing him, his administration and all his constituents say, “It’s Bush’s fault.”  That finger has been pointed for 4 years.  President Obama, put on your big boy pants and take responsibility for your actions. 

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