Lip Service on Long Term Planning

Long term readers know my liberal political leanings. So it should come as no surprise to them that I read liberal blogs like Washington Monthly. But this isn’t a post about politics, it’s a post about planning:

This kind of long-term planning — in politics, in business, in nearly every walk of life — is something that nearly everyone says they support, but when push comes to shove very few people are willing to back it up. There’s always something this week, or this month, or this year that seems uniquely crucial and demands our attention. Next year there will be something else, and the year after that something else again. The long-term stuff simply never gets done unless someone like Dean is willing to go to the mat for it.
[Building a Better MovementKevin Drum]

I don’t have much to add to this, except that planning is a big part of architecture, especially architecture in the enterprise (which may or may not be “Enterprise Architecture”). Who “goes to the mat” for the long-term stuff at your company? Or does the long-term stuff simply never get done?