This may hurt a little but it’s something you’ll get used to (edited)

Today, in the WSJ, Alan Blinder argues that being a businessman is insufficient preparation to be POTUS.

But are business achievements important, or even relevant, to the presidency?

Probably not. Presidential history teaches us that the abilities, character traits and attitudes it takes to succeed in business have little in common with what it takes to succeed in government. In some respects, they are antithetical.

Of course, it is just SHOCKING that Blinder would take this view. Being an Obama-man, and all.

Start with democracy, the preservation and strengthening of which may be a president’s first duty.

Because Obama has preserved an strengthened our democracy … how?

Rather than worshiping efficiency, some notion of “fairness” is typically paramount in government. One of the key success criteria in politics may be public perceptions of fairness, for perceptions and realities don’t always line up.

President “I Won” hasn’t really cared so much what the conservative half of the country thinks.

A president wants to further the national interest. But that amorphous phrase subsumes dozens of goals, some of which are vague and several of which may conflict with others. Governing is certainly not about profits, whatever that might mean in a political context.

Yea, well Obama’s got the “vague” thing down.

A good president communicates well with people and inspires them.

You mean … he tells them a story?

Presidents must also be patient, a trait not prized in CEOs.

Ok, now Blinders gone into full BS mode.

Setting foreign and military policy is the one place where, as George W. Bush inelegantly put it, the president often is “the decider.” But it’s the rare corporate executive who has any experience in, or even much knowledge of, these matters.


We’re completely off the rails now. Has Blinder been paying ANY attention to the last four years? Our current events?

WSJ’s Brett Stephens on Obama’s 3 a.m. call:

The U.S. ignores warnings of a parlous security situation in Benghazi. Nothing happens because nobody is really paying attention, especially in an election year, and because Libya is supposed to be a foreign-policy success. When something does happen, the administration’s concerns for the safety of Americans are subordinated to considerations of Libyan “sovereignty” and the need for “permission.” After the attack the administration blames a video, perhaps because it would be politically inconvenient to note that al Qaeda is far from defeated, and that we are no more popular under Mr. Obama than we were under George W. Bush. Denouncing the video also appeals to the administration’s reflexive habits of blaming America first. Once that story falls apart, it’s time to blame the intel munchkins and move on.

Foreign policy failure – check
Economy in the toilet – check

Obama’s experience before coming to Washington was as a “community organizer” and a college lecturer. He wasn’t well received as a college professor and there are no-term accomplishments from his days as an organizer.

Before he became President, Obama had spent 8 years in the Illinois State Senate (1997-2004- although he did run for another office in 2000 – the House of Representatives) and three as a U.S. Senator.

In the State Senate, the propaganda is that he was a “reformer.” Not so much. He came from, and always was part of the Chicago political machine.

In Springfield, Fitzgerald was a leader of a reform-minded state legislative caucus known as the “Fab Five.” The group’s members were Republicans who had been elected in 1992. They fought the establishments in both major parties while seeking to increase openness and transparency in government.

Fab Fiver Steve Rauschenberger told the Examiner that he and his reformist colleagues were taken aback when Obama rejected the group’s informal invitations to join them.

“When Barack first arrived, there was a lot of hope that maybe he was the intellectual bridge, the pragmatic Democrat from Chicago who was not part of the machine that we could perhaps talk to about broad-based consensus policies to change public policy that wasn’t working,” he said.

“He appeared to be interested for a good 90 days,” Rauschenberger said. “In March or April of that year, though, he had made it pretty clear he wasn’t interested in risk-taking or challenging institutions or challenging the Chicago machine’s lock on a lot of the mechanics of government in Cook County in Chicago.”

As a US Senator he spent his first two years in the minority, and then the rest of his time running for President.

But somehow – this VAST amount of experience is preferable to Mitt Romney’s as a successful businessman.

Who also has had government experience. That’s why they call him GOVERNOR Romney.

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2 Comments on “This may hurt a little but it’s something you’ll get used to (edited)”

  1. mare Says:

    “some notion of “fairness” is typically paramount in government. One of the key success criteria in politics may be public perceptions of fairness, for perceptions and realities don’t always line up.”

    Ah, he blew his argument rather early on. What country is he talking about?

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