We are in the holiday season and I’m strenuously grasping what is left of my Christmas cheer but my news seems to be limited to Kate’s pregnancy or the fiscal cliff. Now, Kate is much prettier than John Boehner but the cliff on which our leaders have abandoned us appears to bear more relevance. Anyway, we’re dangerously close to this fiscal cliff and instead of backing away like sane people; we are apparently 300 million lemmings whose next step is into thin air. Now, we’ve all had that Mother who asked us, “If Jimmy jumped off a bridge, would you?” Most of us have just hung our heads in shame and said, “Nooo Mom” but apparently the answer in Washington was a resounding YES. Once again, the people we have elected have discarded the concept of reality we experience in the 50 states. Why is it that when they cross the beltway into Washington, they think they’re entering the Land of Oz? They’re spending 900 bucks on a chair when any one of us could buy the same chair at Wal-Mart for $69, and we’re out here clicking our ruby slippers like crazy trying to figure out if we can afford that pack of gum. This whole majority rules concept is nice in theory but it turns out that the majority of us are out here, not in there. And when you have shiny-haired Washington lawyers tell you the majority must be wrong, you seem to have no problem ignoring us. By the way, we’re still sick of paying for your stamps so you can mail us something we don’t want (and throw away) telling us how good a job you’re doing for us, all while we’re buying sox by the dozen at Costco. The only thing you’ve accomplished is to make Christmas shopping easier. Thanks for that.
I’m also still pretty sure that the majority of us (well, not me) but the majority are willing to pay their fair share if it’s just not the majority doing the paying. And if you’d stop sneaking off to war without telling us, we’d probably help pay for it like we did for WWI and WWII. Instead, you send our soldiers off to parts unknown armed with a piggy bank and a nerf gun. It’s like me using my lunch money to buy a tank. It’s times like these where we become painfully aware that we did not elect the best person for any political office. We elected who we thought was the best person running for that particular political office. The best person for most political offices is a parent managing what is left of their income keeping their family in shoes and chicken pot pies. You can have all your Greenspans and Bernankes. Give me six Moms with checkbooks and pocket calculators and our budget problems would disappear in 20 minutes.
It’s not really that different in business. At IMC, we are continuously bringing new brands to the promotional product industry (without raising taxes) and these brands are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories. And our hats are off to those distributors sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients. Our in-house decorators will turn your selection into a showcase that will enhance your end-user’s event. IMC doesn’t need a vote on the house floor to take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget. We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so you won’t be left hanging in thin air because the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier. And we continue to expand our options with more from the IMC Collections and domestic and international brands to better supply you with what you and your clients need. And IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry and will continue that practice in 2013. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented menus of some 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. These include world renowned designers like Charles Jourdan and the unique offerings from Donkey and Blunt. We invite you to browse any of our 2,400+ products on the NEW IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for conventions, events, corporate stores and company programs that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. And we’re always happy to offer ideas and provide case histories. So whatever your party, cause, event or launch, IMC has ideas and advice that will promote and support your client. With 6 IMC collections and 30 retail brands, we have unique and quality products for all occasions and events. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know if you have any holiday cheer.