Editors Blog

Rushing Won't Git 'Er Done

September 16, 2011
It’s time to pass another stimulus bill. At least that is what President Obama thinks. He introduced the American Jobs Act of 2011 — a $447 billion piece of legislation — on Sept. 12 and sent it to Congress after a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House. Obama’s words were essentially the equivalent of a sticky note to legislators reading, “Git ’er done.” The bill has since been read by the Senate and put on the calendar; and while the Government Printing Office is rushing to get the full text online, Obama is facing what could turn into a scandal stemming from a previously rushed approval.

Solyndra Inc., a California developer and manufacturer of cylindrical solar systems for commercial rooftops, announced in a press release on its website that it was filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and laying off approximately 1,100 employees. This doesn’t sound too abnormal, especially considering the near past and current economic conditions; but one of the details left out of the release was that Solyndra was funded in part by a $535 million government loan in partnership with the Department of Energy (DOE). After announcing its closing, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the DOE raided Solyndra and were photographed leaving the building with boxes. Reasons for the raid were not given, but allegations of fraud/wrongdoing are being circulated by mainstream media, as well as allegations that the Obama administration had rushed the approval process of the loan, despite concerns that were raised.

Whether the allegations are true or not remains to be seen, but there is a valuable lesson to be learned about rushing things — don’t. Whether you are an HVAC technician installing a system, a contractor making a business decision, or a president running a country, rushing is not a good way to approach problems. Things often get overlooked and sometimes those overlooked items have grave consequences. Like the friar in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet once said, “Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast.”

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