Silver linings playground

Am I the only one fed up with all of these mixed signals? I haven’t been this confused since reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez on a Percocet-PBR high.

Just look at the headlines on own our site:

US economy shrinks

Private job survey shows stronger hiring

Consumer confidence slips in January

This is just from the last two days. I could go on and on … each day’s headlines seems to bring one side of the story or the other. Or both. And they say there’s no balance in the media anymore.

Seriously, though, this recovery’s had more stops and starts than my wife driving a stick shift. Is this the result of wrong-headed policies, a lack of policy execution or is this – as I suspect – simply our new reality? I’m no classically trained economist – or even a very good home-schooled one – but is hyper-perpetual economic growth eternally sustainable? Even China’s showing signs of slowing down these days, so what hope do we have – especially since they already have most of our jobs anyway?

You hear a lot about uncertainty. And both parties share responsibility for that, whether it’s Dodd- Frank (most of which remains unimplemented), PPACA (which has been reaffirmed repeatedly) or the media inside joke we call the fiscal cliff. No one wants to invest, do business or grow because we don’t know what’s going to happen next.

But that argument only works up to a point. And I’m a little tired of hearing that, too. Nobody promised you tomorrow anyway. We all live – and work – under clouds of uncertainty every day, but every once in while we get a silver lining.

And it’s not like there aren’t any certainties. In fact, do we even need MSNBC or Fox News anymore? I mean, unless it’s about immigration, we know what each side’s gonna say before they even say it. The talking points have become rote recitations of reductive reasoning – not too mention boring.

But as far as we’re concerned, we know January brings the mandates, exchanges and a flood of new customers. That much we know. It’s also a pretty safe bet the feds will change at least some of the rules as we go along. (And I can guarantee you; none of them will make it easier for you to business.)

To revisit Gabriel, he once said, “He who awaits much can expect little.” We can spend the rest of our lives waiting. Or we can get out there and make our own way.  I don’t expect much – at least for myself –  but I know I’m sick of waiting.

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Denis Storey

Denis Storey

Denis Storey is editor for BenefitsPro.com and Benefits Selling magazine. He can be reached at dstorey@benefitspro.com.

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