Marriott CEO Tells U.S. Congress: Get Back to Work; Shutdown Is a Failure of Political Leadership
October 4, 2013 4:22am
by Arne Sorenson, President & CEO of Marriott International
With the major attractions of the city and government offices closed, tourism and business travel to D.C. is declining. Visitors applying for visas to come to the United States for business or pleasure will likely see delays. The E-Verify system, which verifies the work eligibility of employees, has been pulled down, leaving employers without a key resource when trying to be sure that a job offer can be extended. These are just a few of the many consequences of this shutdown. Each of the furloughed federal employees has his or her own much more personal story. And it will get worse with each passing day and especially if the debt ceiling wall on or about October 17 is also left unresolved.
We all know what our politicians should be doing – passing funding measures to get the government running again, passing a regular budget (we haven’t had one for years), developing a more thoughtful approach to deficit reduction than the sequester, and agreeing on a path to responsibly raise the debt limit. But they aren’t doing it. From a distance, it doesn’t look like they are really even trying. Without an apparent spirit of compromise and collaboration, it is hard to have hope in the near term, let alone for action on other important issues like immigration, tax and entitlement reform. It looks to me like our political leadership is committed to their parties, their positions of power, maybe even the news cycle, but not to solving the political issues that need to be solved.
If ever there is a time for true leadership, it is now. What concerns me is there doesn’t seem to be much incentive to change course. What will motivate our leaders to leave politics aside and get back to sound policymaking? I can’t help but think that our political leaders and their party organizations are hurting this situation by pushing their members to take positions that are too extreme and creating an environment that precludes compromise.
It makes me wonder whether we shouldn’t all decide to swear off political contributions to any party or party controlled entity. I wonder too whether we should swear off political contributions to those in the House or Senate who have “perfect” or near perfect scores from those conservative or liberal groups that are assessing adherence to either party line. Can we collectively shift the money that is in the political process to politicians who are practical and who are not above doing the work of politics to reach practical solutions especially in the areas where political philosophies conflict?
I don’t know what the right answer is, but I’d love to know what you think about how we can take our government back and ensure that those sitting in political leadership roles are truly doing the work of the people.
As posted: http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131003192356-239587237-shutdown-is-a-failure-of-political-leadership
Contact: Marriott Intl.
Hawkeye Hotels Set to Break Ground on Marriott Moxy in City of Omaha’s Old Market Entertainment District
Marriott, AccorHotels and IHG Top Asia Pacific Construction Pipeline, Excluding China
Stonebridge Companies Set to Open Courtyard by Marriott Denver Airport at Gateway Park
Owned by Westlakes Lodging and Managed by Gulph Creek Hotels, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opens in Berwyn, Pennsylvania
Marriott International Unveils Transformation Vision for Sheraton Hotels and Resorts
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opens in Melbourne, Florida Led by General Manager Kevin Arcieri
Owned and Managed by Sunridge Hotel Group, New Residence Inn by Marriott Set to Open in Provo, Utah
General Manager Edmond Martinez Welcomes Guests to New 100-Suite Residence Inn by Marriott in Denver, Colorado
Marriott and Simon Expand Relationship With Plans to Open at Least Five Additional Hotels at Simon Shopping Centers
Summer In The City: Marriott International Study Finds Cities Top the List for Vacation Plans
Lingerfelt CommonWealth Partners to Purchase and Rebrand Virginia Beach Resort Hotel & Conference Center With $44 Million Capital Investment
Owned and Managed by Daly Hotel Management, New Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Opens in Athens, Tennessee
Marriott Leads All Franchise Companies for Largest U.S. Construction Pipeline
Owned by Inns of Ocean City and Managed by Palmer-Gosnell Hospitality, Residence Inn by Marriott Opens in Ocean City, Maryland
MDR Hotels and R.D. Olson Construction Break Ground on New Build Dual-Brand Marriott Hotel in Marina del Rey
Twenty Four Seven Hotels to Manage Holiday Inn Ontario Airport for New Owner Sunway Investment Group
Quinta del Golfo de Cortez Plans June 2018 Opening for Solaz, a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center Appoints Hartmut Ott as General Manager
Anichi Development Breaks Ground on 120-Room Anichi Resort in Dominica Set to Open Late 2019
Brand Finance Hotels 50 Claims Marriott Closer to Checking In as Most Valuable Hotel Brand
Please login or register to post a comment.