Who knew the NSPE had blogs, certainly not me but then I’m not a member. I’m a member of that old joke ” I just don’t want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.” (Groucho Marx)
One blog I read pertained to engineers getting into public office.
Theodore Roosevelt said, “The best thing you can do is the right thing. The second best thing you can do is the wrong thing. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” As America is faced with a struggling economy, high unemployment, and a serious dissatisfaction with Washington politics, now is the time for us to raise our voices and demand common sense approaches to bring our country back from the brink.
PEs are problem solvers by nature and training. We tend to be dispassionate and apolitical in our decision-making as well, which is probably just what is needed today to deal with the serious issues we face.
I somewhat agree with this sentiment but I often find engineers to be rigid, cautious and slow to implement changes. (I know we spend a lot of time learning stuff and then it changes, which means we have to learn more stuff and then that changes..which can really piss you off when a project is due and you have to redo some little stupid thing that actually becomes a big thing because you have to change five plan sheets and.. )
And what is politics but forging solutions to problems through meaningful consensus(Great overview of decision making systems).
The problem is our country’s appetite for social politics which seem to divide us rather than bring us together.
I think I am sitting this next election out…..
p.s. another post by the same fellow admits some misgivings on climate change.
Is climate change still up for debate?