Do politicians think we are idiots?
Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich on Congress, economy
- Duration 7:33
- Date Sep 11, 2012
Panera Bread founder Ron Shaich on Congress, economy
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Me as a congress and as a government stand united.
We stand together.
Congress will convene tomorrow.
And we will speak with one voice.
A cool and we're.
And OK look.
Remember that eleven years ago today when there were no Republicans there were no Democrats.
United for the good of America no bickering no fighting united to get the job done back then.
The nation's debt stood at just under five point eight trillion dollars eleven years.
Two presidents later more than ten.
Trillion dollars later.
America drowning in debt.
But where is the resolve on either side to solve this crisis.
Where is the urgency on either side.
To deal with this crisis as Moody's threatens to downgrade the nation's debt rating of congress fails to avoid the fiscal cliff and what a cliff.
And one point two trillion dollars in spending cuts and tax hikes kick again by the end of the year.
We are hearing this.
Over continue to wait for the senate to -- We have a jobs bill that's ready to go that they continue not.
To bring up there's a lack a leadership in this administration and we've had no jobs agenda.
Put forward in the house.
Panera Bread founder rod -- says all of this infighting has got to stop because.
Well true to his company it's all our bread and last undetected -- of our country.
Good to have you back -- thank you very much.
You know it union groups and I do remember that -- remember you know we were handed out -- Holding hands across the -- -- -- together the same friend like could have done without but it also this is it was an -- unusually inspiring time.
And we addressed and quickly addressed a lot of our security breaches and tried to get moving on the test people can criticize we got about the -- we -- test.
So we have it in us to do that we're not doing it today when -- make it.
Well you know I I remember -- just this afternoon thinking back to eleven years to go to 9/11.
And and how we felt and how we came together is a country.
And I think for for so many of the citizens.
That I talked to that the folks that I visit with across the country.
They they feel.
A deep frustration the inability of the political class to solve problems.
That's what they -- therefore that we pay import and they essentially.
Avoid solving the problems they blaming each other and in this is -- -- acceptable situation for us is a country particularly when we're competing with.
Our nation states like like like China who have strong arm -- and and clear decisions.
You know when you think about -- -- Wheeler dealing with -- and quickly acting on that.
Who was making sure something like this wouldn't be repeated.
And eleven years not done whatever it hasn't.
Because of the -- that were taken by both Republicans and Democrats to move swiftly on things like homeland security and a lot of other.
And any credentials -- administrate -- stuff but bottom line up very quick response.
To this horrific tragedy and yet by comparison.
Spending which seems like.
A minor comparison.
Next to life and death matters we can't get a handle on.
-- you know it in some ways.
I I I think we we put ourselves that and at such great risk will we we we we are so able to rise when there's a direct challenge.
When we have somebody attacking us is it as as al-Qaeda did eleven years ago.
But but unfortunately we -- allow ourselves in the way in which we conduct our political affairs.
Potentially do far more damage.
In it in direct way and it sucks and it's it's what we -- and at some point you gotta imagine.
The folks of this country gonna stand up and say enough we're paying -- for solutions solve the problems.
I think -- -- when I would do -- -- -- when I'm that would give -- you said a lot of wise things or woman dent in the noise of politicians -- one it's up to me was this idea that.
We we have some big problems that both Republicans and Democrats cause.
The blame game has gone here's the reality let's deal with this right now and we showed that singular fortitude when everything -- the fan.
The -- a depression.
Be -- a war.
Be it even a terrorist a threat that was made very obvious eleven years ago today but I think when it comes to sort of this is like the dead and whether we're gonna get downgraded or whether.
We can afford the -- the lifestyle we're living as a country since it seems relatively by comparison intangible.
No one gives -- you know what's so I think that place.
You and I both know I think so many of your listeners know.
That -- America understands what its core problems are it's -- it's energy and it's education.
And the question I want politicians treat us like -- -- -- you know essentially because the system and the way it's built.
Encourages that we we we -- we have a system.
That encourages people to come from the extremes you cannot solve the problem.
When you have Republicans who say we -- never gonna raise taxes and Democrats is that we're never gonna cut any programs you have to come together in a way.
And that's what as as business people were asked -- -- and essentially I would say.
Solve the problems and and you know I think we all know in -- and our hearts what they knew the -- store you look at the debt.
The answer to it ultimately somewhere somewhere in the near Simpson balls you look at -- energy.
We have to stay committed to energy independence.
We cannot keep kicking the can down the down the road and then you talk about education.
-- you can't operate a world in which we don't have that.
The top why aren't there right there right out of India Iran and think.
You -- the whole Atkins craze I think that alone this is what says I'm a lottery because everyone's gonna leave carbohydrates.
You stood strong and said no I'm my muffins or bread is still.
Fantastic people galvanizing you did not recognize so called impossible headlines and -- -- ceases to make a point.
You didn't hear the word no can impossible better not you just didn't hear.
We should be more.
You know I kind of good finish.
I'll say something -- I I've run a public company for over twenty years in over those twenty years I've seen increasingly.
In so many ways our whole society get more more short term.
And nowhere more than in our political.
Essentially everybody is focused on the next election.
And not focused on on what our children and we are going to inherit which of these terribly difficult problems that we refuse to solve.
Very well put run -- thank you very very much a lot of -- You know I was able why do you have -- had done and the founder of Panera Bread dressing our nation's ills.
Because he's right.
Because he's accurate because it makes a lot of bread -- said meanwhile many lawmakers needed.