Would you rather have a business owner or lawyer for president?

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  1. andrew savage profile image60
    andrew savageposted 5 years ago

    What are the pros and cons of the two?

    1. bBerean profile image59
      bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Did they ever actually do one of those jobs, or just teach about them?

      1. andrew savage profile image60
        andrew savageposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Rule out the ones that did not actually work. I believe I was referring to those of action rather than those who simply speak.

        1. bBerean profile image59
          bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          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'.  wink

          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.

    2. rhamson profile image74
      rhamsonposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I think someone who has a historian (not Newt) background so we don't continue making the same mistakes in this insane government!

      1. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Okay so a pig ballerina historian is the consensus candidate.

        1. bBerean profile image59
          bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Clearly I was mistaken about Maxwell.  It looks like this is Napoleon, putting an appropriate modern twist on the old classic, by donning a tutu.

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            Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            *donning.
            And I thought you were perfect. smh

            1. bBerean profile image59
              bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Yikes!  You got me.  Now I have a little voice on one shoulder telling me there is time to edit, while on the other shoulder I hear "own it".  Where are the blushing emoticons when you need them?

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                Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                If you blush I'll call you on that too. Men don't blush. You should just edit and then call me a loser. I have low self esteem. I'm ok with that.

                1. bBerean profile image59
                  bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Now the two voices are yelling at me!  What a quandary.  I expect to hear from the peanut gallery about referencing the voices now, don't you think? lol, (literally)

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                    Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    There is no shame in homophones, only in blushing.

                2. Shawn McIntyre profile image79
                  Shawn McIntyreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  People are stopping in the halls and staring at me in my office now because of you. I literally did a spit-take and laughed way harder than I should've at that.

                  Thanks for brightening my day. smile

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                    Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    lol... There's nothing better than a good spit take. smile

    3. Credence2 profile image80
      Credence2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  2. psycheskinner profile image83
    psycheskinnerposted 5 years ago

    I would rather have a doctor or an architect.

    1. andrew savage profile image60
      andrew savageposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Those sound like good alternatives, but I gave the two choices: business person or lawyer, because these two occupations seem to breed the most presidential candidates.

      I would vote for an architect- if he served in the military.

      1. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        IMHO it is like asking if you would rather ride a pig or a goat.

        1. bBerean profile image59
          bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          This is going south fast.  You have conjured up a dancing pig in a tutu for me now, and somehow it is tied to the nutcracker melody....

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            Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

            I'm pretty sure most Americans would vote for a dancing pig in a tutu over a lawyer any day.

            1. bBerean profile image59
              bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Hey, they buy insurance from Maxwell don't they?  In fact, I think it might be him in the tutu!

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                Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                I have no idea who Maxwell is. I like to keep my mind clear of too much info that might cloud my creative skills.

                1. bBerean profile image59
                  bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Check out Maxwell the pig on youtube for Geico insurance.

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                    Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Oh. lol... I thought maybe it was a political statement... looks like I don't have to hang my head in shame after all.

            2. psycheskinner profile image83
              psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              So long as the pig is native-born he can be VP. He would rake in the chauvinists and the bunny huggers.  Win/win.

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                Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                Who said the pig was male? That's what's wrong with America today... always thinking their pigs have to be males.

                1. bBerean profile image59
                  bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  Only because I pictured Maxwell.   As far as I know he is not a male chauvinist pig.

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                    Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Oh we walked right into that one.

            3. Quilligrapher profile image83
              Quilligrapherposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              Beth,

              I am opposed to a dancing pig as president. It would only mean more pork in congressional legislation
              http://s2.hubimg.com/u/6919429.jpg

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                Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                These are terrible jokes. Y'all are bacon me angry.

                1. innersmiff profile image69
                  innersmiffposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                  This really rinds me up and I ham not amused.

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                    Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

                    Porque?

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    Beth37posted 5 years ago

    I would like a ballerina.

    1. janesix profile image60
      janesixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      me too

      1. janesix profile image60
        janesixposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        Two votes for ballarina. i think I see a clear winner here.

      2. psycheskinner profile image83
        psycheskinnerposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        I want to change my answer to ballerina too

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          Beth37posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Bam, she's in.

  4. Reality Bytes profile image84
    Reality Bytesposted 5 years ago

    An independent businessman, knowledgeable in world trade.

  5. Zelkiiro profile image94
    Zelkiiroposted 5 years ago

    A businessman would be a terrible president. After all, don't businessmen make it their--ahem--business to sell what they own to the highest bidder?

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Are we not sold down the river every day by the lawyers anyway?  At least the businessmen might get a decent price.

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    delleaposted 5 years ago

    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...

    1. bBerean profile image59
      bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Many would argue that by drawing in many right leaning moderates, Perot's run cost Bush re-election.  If so, Perot had a major impact on history.

  7. profile image0
    delleaposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. Credence2 profile image80
      Credence2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

      1. wilderness profile image98
        wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

        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.

        Maybe we need a King?

        1. bBerean profile image59
          bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

          Way ahead of you.  We pretty much just need to officially change the title at this point.

          1. wilderness profile image98
            wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

            How does "Master" Wilderness sound?  "Baron" Wilderness?  "Emperor" Wilderness? lol

            1. bBerean profile image59
              bBereanposted 5 years agoin reply to this

              I'll just say "your Highness".

              1. wilderness profile image98
                wildernessposted 5 years agoin reply to this

                lol

        2. Credence2 profile image80
          Credence2posted 5 years agoin reply to this

          '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.

          I have become very pessimistic as of late.

 
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