Then I choose the businessman. If successful, he has proven he knows how to hire and manage lawyers. You can't be successful in major business these days without that. Lawyers, on the other hand, may have no knowledge or resources to bring to the table for what the businessman knows. Business is all about doing what you know and knowing what you don't know so you can hire it out. How many attorneys do you know who have any idea that there is anything they don't know? Just sayin'.
Also, to be successful a good business makes everyone as happy as possible...employees, customers, vendors and suppliers, etc. This is what it takes to succeed. Lawyers are all about winning for themselves and whoever hired them, regardless of what that does to the other side, because the other side is not their concern. It is by necessity and design, more of a winner take all mindset.
Looking at the last 42 men that have held the office of President of the United States, narrowing it down to just the men that have held the office since the dawn of the 20th century, I don't see a business background as giving the occupant any advantage in doing a better job in the office. Conservatives always say such would be the case, but I am reminded of Ross Perot and Mitt Romney. The characteristics that made the difference between a great president and an mediocre or unsuccessful one are personal traits that do not seem related to their occupation prior to assuming the office.
I agree with that one, and I thought that Ross Perot deserved a shot back in the day. Everyone made fun of his ears, his height, his age, and his charts... but you know what? He was the ONLY guy I ever remember running for president who was actually trying to show us Americans what was wrong with government finances and the economy BEFORE winning the presidency... and if you hunt for Ross Perot's videos on Youtube you'll see that the guy had some pretty smart ideas and deserved much more credit than he ever got. I think the worst part about the presidency today is that it may be even more of a beauty contest than voting for a president... and also keep in mind that the smarter people on this planet don't necessarily look like Barbie or Ken dolls...
Perot did have an impact on history as you said, but my overall point was that if Perot was elected president back then, his ideas may have well gotten America back on track and most likely would've been reducing our national debt, versus the other presidents that have purposely digging us deeper election after election.
Perot speaks of a scenario that was not probable. The President is not a CEO, laying down the law from on high. Skills at negotiation and communication, compromise are far more important, Lyndon Johnson comes to mind. If it were not for Vietnam, he certainly would have been considered a better than average president.
Negotiation and communication, compromise, all seem to have died in the last decade. The only thing that matters is pushing your party agenda; compromise is unthinkable any more and there is nothing to negotiate. Either accept MY assessment and proposal or you're wrong and a scumbag to boot.
'Negotiation and communication, compromise, all seem to have died in the last decade. The only thing that matters is pushing your party agenda; compromise is unthinkable any more and there is nothing to negotiate.'
This is true.
I certainly hope that we do not have to resort to tyranny, with the excuse of 'bringing order' as an alternative to a disfunctional legislative body.
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