Posted by: brucestein | January 28, 2009

From the White House, To Our House

Tuesday, January 20, 2009 was a very special day for many of us, whether Democrat, Republican, or Independent.  The inauguration of a new president, the peaceful transference of power.  It’s an awe inspiring ceremony.  And this year’s inauguration will long stand as one of the most memorable ever.  I will never forget the sight of millions of citizens packed together on our nation’s Mall, millions of American who braved the crowds and the cold to witness history in the making.  Only in America.

As I listened to our new President’s inaugural address, I thought about how the message of this important speech — his first address as our nation’s leader — related to me as an individual and to the overall state of TASC.  Are we living up to the ideals presented on inauguration day?

When speaking of the problems we face across this great land, President Obama said: “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world…For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.”

On another blustery January 20th, another new President entreated the nation: “…ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”  John F. Kennedy made that emphatic and memorable call to action in 1961.  Nearly half a century later Obama reminded us again that volunteerism — getting involved in your local community — is not only the right thing to do, it is the responsibility of all Americans.

It’s easy to volunteer and to find the organization that fits.  After all, the options are limitless…There’s the United Way, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, and  on and on.  These organizations are trying to make a difference, and you can, too.  Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to pitch in?  At TASC, we try to do just that.  In fact, a major part of our core values is: “to have genuine concern for our employees, representatives, customers and community.”  We are very active in the community; our full-time employees may take up to four paid days off to volunteer each year.

Another segment of Obama’s speech also caught my attention: “For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.  The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.”

It’s clear that Obama is talking about investing in the future.  At TASC we do that every day.  We work hard to add more jobs, to create savings for workers, and to make health care  more affordable for families; these incentives are our stock and trade.  Meanwhile, our strategic plan leaves no question as to our purpose: to create more revenue to invest back into the business.  At TASC, we hold these truths to be self-evident: yes we can!


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