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Do Something. Even if it Turns Out to be a Mistake, At Least Try

A long-time friend is a respected member of Congress. He laments, with some level of irony, that Congress is the only place he’s ever worked where you’re actually rewarded for doing nothing.

It seems anathema to the risk-taking DNA of Silicon Valley.

Yet in Congress, if you do something, anything, you run the risk of upsetting someone . . . A constituent, your caucus, a donor, a journalist.

As odd as it sounds, we need to empower the seemingly powerful.

Our country stands at a fiscal cliff – a self-imposed gun that congress and the president placed to their own heads.  If they fail to act by January 1, their inaction could push our country back into recession.

This week we are leading a delegation of 41 Silicon Valley executives to D.C.,. Yes, global CEOs setting aside the companies’ business to tend to our nation’s business.  Why – to implore congress to act.

Act on the urgent – the fiscal cliff.  Yet also act on the important – economic policies to get 12 million Americans back to work, including thousands of our friends, family members and neighbors right here in Silicon Valley.

It’s time to move, Congress.  We didn’t elect mannequins to stand still, we elected women and men to stand strong for our future.  Move – I promise, we will follow.

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