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Opening Up

Opening Up

I am an independent voter, and a persistent one. I’ve voted in every single election I was eligible to vote in since I was 21, the then-legal age. I vote on issues, not parties, and an entire person, not a position on one agenda item. I voted for Reagan and I voted for Clinton.

In all of that voting, and holding two degrees in political science, and in consulting with major corporations and successful entrepreneurs for over 30 years, I have never seen any illness or condition that justifies creating universal poverty—in taking away the ability to earn money, employ people, use money for philanthropy, build a business, create savings so that others don’t have to take care of you. I don’t envy the politicians their tough decisions, but we may well have more economic deaths than medical deaths at this rate.

We need less paternalism and more trust in humanity.


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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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