The time to take action is now

The House overwhelmingly passed a bill on Jan. 23 by a vote of 285-144 that permitted the U.S. government to raise the debt ceiling yet once again so they can borrow enough money to pay the bills. This now sets up a springtime debate over taxes, spending and the deficit where each party will try to scare the American people into believing there is a need to make cuts in Social Security, Medicare or having to shut down portions of the government.

Instead of the “business as usual philosophy” in Washington, which gets America nowhere except deeper in debt, the U.S. government needs to adopt the playbook being used by many corporations in the real world where more is being done with less to be competitive in this ever-changing global economy that we live in. First they should start using Six Sigma. Six Sigma started as a set of practices designed to improve manufacturing processes and eliminate defects, but its application has since extended to many other types of business processes. Then they should start using Lean. Essentially, lean is centered on preserving value with less work.

We need a good dose of medicine and going over that fiscal cliff would have not only helped to start turning America’s finances around but it would have also woke up our government officials that have apparently flat lined in their chambers. It would be no different than basic training. Breakdown the old, soft individual and build up a disciplined, lean cohesive unit. To turn this around, we need an engaged electorate demanding better of our elected officials. Get off the couch, turn off Fox News, MSNBC, CNN, etc. and get out in the streets.

No more “kicking the can down the road.” The only way real change happens in this country is when the people rise up; 236-plus years have passed since the United States became independent from England. The time has come once again to hit the reset button, America. Instead of using muskets as was the case during the American Revolution, let us use the power that our Constitution gave us – vote. If you believe that neither candidate running is qualified then write in Mickey Mouse. Everyone likes Mickey Mouse.

Henry Sasyn