Government and Oreos for All

Donn James

Donn James

Apparently, none of us seem to believe the politicians are doing what we elected them to do.  It’s like they’re all teenagers and we asked them to clean their room.  This belief crosses party lines, incorporates special interest groups, unions, business owners and their minions, government workers and 2nd grade students (and their nannies).  Charles Reese, writing for the Orlando Sentinel, said that politicians are the only people who create problems and then campaign against them.  If I weren’t so busy crying, I’d laugh.  They are all against the deficit, inflation and taxes yet they’re the very people responsible for them.  We need to stop letting them shift the blame to mythical entities like inflation and the economy and make them do their job.  Here’s my version of the government problem.  The other day around 2:00, I needed a sugar rush to get through the rest of the day and I deposited my last $.85 in change into the vending machine because I believed there were Oreos in there with my name on them.  Pushing the button, just like I do on voting day, the Oreos turned to make their way to the tray for my eager consumption and got hung up on the last hook and failed to drop into the tray.  Like every good American I yelled, cursed and railed at the machine but it refused to disgorge my Oreos or hear my pleas.  Undeterred, I began banging on the machine like I was crying for my voice to be heard, then began rocking the machine, blatantly disregarding the “Tipping may lead to Injury or Death” sticker.  And just like the government, nothing happened.  I was left staring at the machine, just another unheard voice in the wilderness, while the Oreos mocked me, just like my Congressman.  Thankfully, I found an old Lifesaver in a jacket pocket or I might not be here to tell the tale.  The latest flap over the Postal Service is another example of politicians wasting our time and money.  The Postal Service is a non-governmental agency formed by the Executive Branch.  See, 230 years ago Ben Franklin and Thomas Jefferson knew if Congress got involved they’d mess it up and we’ve learned nothing since.  Every viable poll says that you and I don’t give a damn about Saturday delivery but now we have the new House bill directing the Postal Service to lose more money and keep delivering refi and debt consolidation offers to us on Saturday.  Here’s the problem…we have 535 people in DC who don’t know anything about mail delivery and don’t even pay for postage telling the guy who knows everything about mail delivery what to do.  And what’s worse is the guy who knows what to do has to argue his case in front of the Homeland Security Committee.  Who put them in charge?  I thought they were supposed to be keeping an eye on the terrorists and making the TSA a friendlier group.  Is that how you run your business?  Out here in the real world we do what we know and we go to others who know when we need something done right.  I’m not asking the janitor to design my website and conversely, I don’t tell my pool man what to do.

It’s not really that different in business.  We know our products and what we can do with them and how you can use or market them.  We also know their selection may require a vote but we know our products are here to support your event and while our options may seem unlimited, we will tell you exactly what we can do in terms of pricing, decoration and shipping.  At IMC, our products are here to showcase your client’s event and we present items we believe would enhance the event.  For this reason, IMC campaigns to continuously bring new brands and decorating options to the promotional product industry.  These brands and options are developed with an eye toward the latest trends so we can continue to offer a wide realm of choices and options in both traditional and unusual promotional product categories.  And we deal with some great distributors who have seen our finished product and are sharp enough to bring these new and exciting products to their clients.  So we are always happy to offer ideas, suggestions and case histories to help you present the items to your client.    IMC is a recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI.  Our in-house family of decorators will turn your selection into a winner that will enhance your end-user’s event or ceremony.  And IMC will take your order, deliver it on time, and on budget.  We treat every order with a practiced professionalism so the things that happen will be what you expect from an award-winning supplier.  As well as continuously expanding the product available in our 6 Collections, IMC continues our industry-leading practice of bringing new retail brands to the promotional products industry.  Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 30 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients.  These include world renowned designers like the Visconti and the unique offerings from Bluetech and Troika.  We invite you to browse any of our 2,450+ 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 award shows, conventions, events, corporate stores and company programs that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas.  What do you think?  Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter.  IMC wants to know…do you have any Oreos?

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IMC is a prime manufacturer and supplier of products to the promotional products industry. We sell only to qualified promotional products distributors. ASI supplier, PPAI supplier. Our lines include our own IMC lines and 26 branded lines.
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3 Responses to Government and Oreos for All

  1. Ed says:

    So true!

  2. Jaime Shine says:

    You nailed it, Donn! I question when, if ever, any member of the government lived in the real world. If they ran businesses, they would run them straight into the ground. I actually came across a live House session on CNN one day, and it looked like an out-of-control inside recess at an elementary school when the weather was too bad to go out. Apparently professionalism is too much to ask as well.

    I always look forward to checking out new IMC products! You have some of the best designed (yet practical) promotional items in the industry. Keep up the great work! Sorry, I bought some Oreos after their buzz-generating Super Bowl social media ad but ate them. How about that, good marketing works!

    • IMC says:

      Thanks Jaime. We miss you around here but I keep up-to-date on your mud runs and 5Ks on Facebook. Professionalism is too much to ask because they’ve never had a real job.

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