Washington-the place to be during election season.

Position:FROM THE EDITOR - Financial Executives International - Editorial

To his page could be titled: "Ms. Heffes Goes to Washington!" Participating in FEI's Fly-in n Sept. 12-13, sitting in with and listening to our FEI members speak about their businesses with members and staff of the U.S. Senate in meetings in our nation's capitol, the magnitude of issues private companies are dealing with could not be more clear. Many of these can be summed up in one word: uncertainty.


The Fly-in was organized and hosted by FEI's Committee on Private Company Policy and the Private Company Roundtable. The event, which is held two times a year, (and about which you can read more--and see more photos--in the FEI News section on page 75) brings together members representing private companies to dialogue in person with their elected officials.

I am pictured here outside the U.S. Capitol, following a meeting in the office of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), along with several FEI members and staff from FEI's Washington, D.C., office.

It was an exciting time to be in Washington--during election season--when even the cab drivers are talking politics! Speaking of politics, you've likely noticed our cover. Marking four years since I assumed the editor-in-chief role, the first issue I led covered the then upcoming 2008 election, and here we are in 2012 covering now what is being dubbed "the most important election in our lifetime."

This is indeed a significant moment in time, I believe, for our country and for our members and their businesses--particularly since the economic recovery seems to be lacking strength. Writer Stephen Barlas (also the same one as four years ago), looks at the policies of both presidential candidates, particularly those involving taxes. At press time, the candidates are running neck and neck and I for one agree with Tyler Roberts, who advises in his Washington Beat column (which...

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