Here’s Food For Thought . . . treat us like adults.
The presidential election is still three months away, and both major political parties are already treating voters like children, sending out messages that tear us down rather than communicate solutions that lift us up.
A message to both the Obama and Romney campaigns: Voters are smarter than you think. We want leaders who will engage in complex conversations rather than speeches in sound bites.
Let’s start with global competition. The Obama campaign inaccurately attacks employers trying to compete globally as “Shipping American jobs overseas.” The Romney campaign inaccurately counter-attacks that the president employs “Crony capitalism to companies overseas.”
This is Silicon Valley. Companies, large or small, have facilities, equipment and people around the globe because customers and markets are located around the globe.
We know that 95 percent of the world’s population, 95 percent of the world’s markets, are outside of the United States. You cannot compete in those markets without business operations in or near those markets.
President Obama and Governor Romney, you’re both smart and successful people. Elevate the debate. Complex issues deserve more than sound bite solutions based on fear – rather than facts.
Trust voters. We’re smarter than you think.