On the heels of last week’s year in review, I had no idea of the activities in DC. That was a drastic punctuation on the events of 2020 and was very disturbing. Myself and many Americans have resided in the Silent Majority of 300 million reflecting on the past year. We of the Silent Majority have been staying home, masked, socially distanced and washing hands, as requested by our scientists and essential healthcare workers. We also make our wishes known every four years with our vote. The greatest country in the world charges us with a mission to agree on a majority winner and loser. That process has resulted in a requested change from the people, as it did 4 years ago, and as it has done many times in history. While we beg for an end of this pandemic and are dismayed by the media coverage of ravaged cities and now an onslaught on the “People’s House,” I feel resolute that these activities are the actions of a small minority. There is plenty of commentary and reflection to go around, but I believe in the strength and resiliency of the Silent Majority, and I also believe in the American spirit for better things ahead.
The Silent Majority is both young and old. We are trying our best to manage the headwinds to keep our families safe, our businesses and careers stable, donating to foodbanks if possible, and yes, still paying taxes. We have also increased our savings at the highest rate in many years. We are investing in the stock market at record highs and buying motorhomes at a record pace to keep our travel bug alive. We expect our congressional representatives to do the “right thing” in Washington and respect the diverse needs of our country. To that end, it unnerves me to have representatives in DC feel they are spending their own money, those are our tax dollars they are spending! The needs of the country seem to be very evident, as most media outlets agree, and in my view are reported with about 3-5 bullet points nightly over the past 7 months. Instead, this congress has argued and debated for 7 months to come up with a 5500-page document, the longest in history, to protect and payback many of their own financial IOU’s from their constituents. Not doing the right thing!
I chose to trust history and disregard the interruptions. So why the “glass half-full,” America? We have lived through an economic recession with all the trappings; high unemployment, loss of businesses, government intervention, and two quarters of depressed GDP. While the pain is still real due to the unforeseen 100-year pandemic, there is hope due to the exceptional work of our privately held pharmaceutical industry. I can never remember a time when America embarked upon a recession recovery where the stock market is at record highs, and our savings rate has increased! Leveraging off the solid Silent Majority I see and unheralded recession recovery in the coming years. The economy will give us a springboard for a New Normal. Imagine when schools, businesses, restaurants, sports, and the arts return to normal. The entrepreneurial spirit will help rebuild this economy and the market and the market participants will aid and abet this growth. Americans pull together in times of need, let us get started. We learned at an early age that nothing is perfect. We understand that every day, however, let us not let “perfect be the enemy of good!” I believe there are good things to come, and we can still work on the perfect part through collaboration and constructive debate! History will also repeat itself as transportation and trucking always leads the recovery, and this industry is up for the challenge.