I confess to being a connoisseur of t-shirt slogans, I saw one a few days ago that I knew had to find its way into a blog: Every Architect’s Dream Is An Engineer’s Nightmare. This was accompanied by a drawing of the ‘Leaning Tower of Pisa’.
I thought almost immediately of the truth this statement conveys in almost any area of our lives beyond the intended world of construction. We are witnessing an architect vs. engineer dilemma in ObamaCare. A very bright guy, I presume, dreamed up the nationalized approach to health care without regard for the rest of the bright people who had to make the idea a workable reality.
There are certain realities that simply defy quick, down and dirty resolution. Just because President Obama desired to nationalize health care delivery, to make it a more socialized delivery system, does not mean that a workable solution could be concocted without involving all the elements that have to come together to make it functional.
Barack Obama was a dreamer who really had accomplished nothing of import, nothing of substance when he ran and was elected as our president. He was a community organizer, and an intentional do-nothing state senator in Illinois. Frankly, we got what we, as a nation, deserved with his election even though I did not vote for him at either opportunity. We got the sum total of a Democrat-majority Congress and a Democrat White House. It was, quite frankly, destined to fail from its very first day. BUT, those much smarter than I failed to understand the dynamics of this world of health care delivery. They thought they held all the levers of power, but they forgot there was a massive and intricate system of delivery involved.
There was another piece of t-shirt wisdom that followed the first: Engineer: Solving problems you didn’t know you had in ways you can’t understand.
It seems that too often those we elect to public office seem to need to find a problem they can try to resolve for the rest of us who didn’t know we had the problem in the first place; or, who knew but didn’t think the ‘problem’ needed fixing on a global scale.
There are days when I wonder if we’d be better off with our Congress not in session for so long a period of time. There would be less necessity for the members of the body Congress to find things needing solutions. Those things of sufficient importance could be scheduled far enough out so as to permit discussion nationally before the Congress convened to make its decision. Also, a more limited calendar of sessions would necessitate a more careful analysis of proposals to assure that time for debate would be available.
There was yet another t-shirt message that captivated me: If I Were Wrong Don’t You Think I’d Know?
Now there is a t-shirt for us all. It is difficult for any discussion or debate to take place when each participant enters the fray knowing (s)he is right and the other(s) is/are wrong. This t-shirt slogan is probably at the heart of most all the disagreements we experience. I think this is a particularly prevalent issue in our elected bodies at both state and national levels. Smaller bodies of elected decision-makers seem more attuned to the concerns of others since they see those others day-to-day.
And then, finally, there was this t-shirt message: I can’t ADULT today. Please don’t make me ADULT.
T-shirt wisdom is apparently not such a bad idea after all. I was quite pleased with the assortment of t-shirt slogans you see above and those are if you’re interested in acquiring one or more from the Signals magazine collection. I’d have been well-advised to quit looking at their t-shirt slogans sooner but I couldn’t control myself. And there, finally finally, was this last one:
I thought growing old would take longer.
That pretty well sums up this life we are given. It is a reminder of things important being really important and not something to be left for when we think we’ll have time for them. We need to tell those we love that we do love them and more often is better than less often. We need to choose our words with more care to avoid being offensive to others. We need to recognize that just because we spawned an idea there are other perspectives that need to be heard.
Wisdom is great, even when it is found on a T-shirt!