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Who's the Boss?

I don’t know if you would consider this heaven or that other place, but I spent the past two days surrounded by hundreds of politicians at all levels of state government.  There were mayors, commissioners, people running for judge (and probably from judges), the governor, representatives, senators and I could swear a dogcatcher or two thrown into the mix.  On second thought forget my opening statement, I think I know what your answer would be.

The occasion was the annual pilgrimage north of interested citizenry called “Broward County Days,” not to be outdone by “Dade County Days” and “Orange County Days".  These events are well organized two day blitzes though the halls of state government by interested county residents. Many of us were there to hopefully make some small impact on important legislation. I had the good fortune to spend some time with State Representative Susan K. Goldstein, one of the Bubel/Aiken foundations Florida Voices for Change award winners, which will be presented the evening of April 16th, the date of our Fort Lauderdale Fearless Caregiver Conference. Representative Goldstein is a true citizen politician, driven to run due to her long commitment to developmental disability issues.

But first and foremost, she is a mother to a child living with Autism and as such has spent long hours on the telephone doing battle with those who will stand in the way of her caring for her loved one.  I’m sure this is something with which we can all relate.  She said that she had long ago come up with a phrase which has gotten her more accomplished than any other she had tried to date.  When she would be stonewalled by the faceless person on the other end of the phone, blocking the way of her receiving the best care for her daughter, she would say, “Who is your boss?”  And when that person would stonewall her, she would say (you got it) “Who is your boss?” There was always someone higher up the ladder that could do more for her than the person she was speaking with that time.  She is proud to be a squeaky wheel. 


Gary Barg

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