Every year the change in seasons gives us hope and promise of the changes to come, summer leads to fall, fall leads to winter and winter’s thaw leads to, for me as an accountant, the end of the Income tax season. Which brings us to the season of renewal and fresh starts…spring. I have talked to many people during this time of year and I chose to look at spring not solely as a seasonal change but as an acronym for the issues affecting the lives either directly or indirectly of our citizenry. Based on discussions with both clients and fellow tax professionals, here are some of those issues…..S.P.R.I.N.G.
S Sequestration – Yes our government’s response to their own inability to compromise on a fiscal policy. No one I have spoken to, Democrat, Independent or Republican has any real clear understanding of this process. It is widely agreed that it never had to come to this.
P President Obama – No one I have spoken with lacked an opinion about him, he is either doing a credible job under great political opposition or he and his administration are leading us to the economic and social decay of the nation (it was good to be open minded during these discussions).
R Republican Party – Doomed political group out of touch with the public or a consolidated conservative effort to offset the progressive agenda engulfing the nation…this continues to be a compeling aspect of American politics provingonce again that we are a unique country.
I Immigration – There is no greater cause for the partisan divide we suffer from today than the moral obligation we apply to reforming this policy. No one who can claim to be a United States citizen should dismiss the need to have meaningful legislation and address bringing the millions of people now living in this country without legal status out of the shadows.
N Newtown, Ct.- Beyond the horrific nature of this truly senseless act of violence, it opened the debate in this country on what and who we are as a nation. Gun related crime both in our cities and suburbs of our nation has made this a moral and social imperative.
G Gun Control – This issue has galvanized two distinct factions, the National Rifle Association (NRA) and other pro-gun groups versus the Brady Group, Michael Bloomberg and other gun control groups. Ultimately one side is winning the public opinion while the other seems to be winning the legislative battle. The goal here should be to make our society safer without impacting our constution’s second amendment rights. The struggle continues…
This spring, our emphasis should be on addressing all of these issues with a real desire to resolve them and even if we agree to disagree, that in of itself would be progress toward compromise. We still have time on our side but the summer looms and as the days and the debates heat up, hopefully the rancor and rhetoric will not. Tax season is over and spring is here, so we can still hope that our April showers will bring May flowers….PPF