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Old 04-14-2005, 04:31 AM   #1
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The Buck Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

"The Buck Stops Here," said the no-nonsense sign on President Harry Truman's desk. Today, it sits in a Missouri museum. And with it perhaps the sentiment it represented.

It was more than a slogan. The notion of accepting responsibility without passing the buck or blaming others when things went wrong was central to the work ethic and moral tone of the time.

By contrast today, almost none of the leaders of the country's great institutions ever step forward and take responsibility for failure or even honest mistakes. It is sometimes imposed by others, notably juries, but less so by the broader American society and virtually never invoked voluntarily in politics, business, religion or popular culture."

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The culture of victimhood runs through all levels of our society.

And there is little incentive to live by the "old fashion" standard of "The Buck Stops Here".
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