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Open Thread – No wonder they have no idea about how to create jobs

November 29, 2009

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  1. F. Swemson permalink
    November 29, 2009 2:44 pm

    Notice how Eisenhower tops the list…

    He often appears to be the forgotten president…Yet in many way he was quite an extraordinary man !

    Here’s a few of his quotes:

    May we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

    If you want total security, go to prison. There you’re fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking… is freedom.

    We are tired of aristocratic explanations in Harvard words.

    I have one yardstick by which I test every major problem – and that yardstick is: Is it good for America?

    History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid.

    The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.

    The people of the world genuinely want peace. Some day the leaders of the world are going to have to give in and give, it to them.

    Any man who wants to be president is either an egomaniac or crazy.

    Here in America we are descended in blood and in spirit from revolutionists and rebels – men and women who dare to dissent from accepted doctrine. As their heirs, may we never confuse honest dissent with disloyal subversion.

    I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.

    I despise people who go to the gutter on either the right or the left and hurl rocks at those in the center.

    I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.

    Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.

    There’s much to be learned from this old soldier, and the more I think about Ike, the more I become convinced that the right man to run against Obama in 2012, is General David Petraeus… This assumes of course that we can ascertain for sure that he’s not another left leaning pentagon politician like Wesley Clark.

  2. David Forsmark permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:11 pm

    This graph says it all. Pass it around, everybody.

  3. Carterthewriter permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:23 pm

    Over the years, many have left words to guide us forward. Most leftists seemed too enormared with themselves to notice the historical significance of those who have helped shape this country.

  4. Paul permalink
    November 29, 2009 3:25 pm

    I would love to see David Patraeus run for U.S. President. He is very, very modest for a guy of his standing. In recent askings of the question, he has always said no or that, that is a long time away. He seems like a very strong leader, like I said he’s modest, he seems like he has a lot of common sense. If he doesn’t run, Mitt Romney or Rick Perry (from Texas) would be too good choices to get a better economy happen. John Boehner, wouldn’t be too bad.

    • Carterthewriter permalink
      November 29, 2009 3:31 pm

      I believe F. Swemson suggests we elect another general. The hint is posted above.

  5. Harmon permalink
    November 29, 2009 5:09 pm

    Eisenhower was a damn good president, however he would be a better fit in today’s Democratic Party than the Republican Party. He was for Social Securty, high marginal tax rates for the rich and was against the military industrial complex. He would be to Obama’s left today.

    • In the Know permalink
      November 30, 2009 6:47 am

      What a slander. You make a factual statement then an absolute fabrication to try and make your boy look better.

  6. November 29, 2009 5:20 pm

    I think it’s important to have some solid private sector experience AND not be crazy. Otherwise you get Ross Perot, Ron Paul, or some Libertarian candidate.

  7. Alex Marshall permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:14 am

    Funny how the presidents he most resembles – Kennedy, Carter and Clinton – have the next-worst records compared to him!

    • F. Swemson permalink
      November 30, 2009 6:58 pm

      Good point…

  8. Wizard of Oz permalink
    November 30, 2009 7:57 am

    So you believe that Ron Paul would be a bad choice for the country? He’s one of the very few solid, honest, common sense patriots currently in our congress or any other branch of the federal government. I suppose we’ve gotten good results from either the republicans or democrats (non-capitalzed intentionally) for the past 50 years, so it makes no sense to consider Libertarians (capitalized intentionally) or any freedom-centrist, constitutionalist candidates. Get real tar & feathers.

    • November 30, 2009 1:42 pm

      Hey, I’m as real as the next schlub. The Libertarian party is not currently viable. While wacky fringe group parties like American Independent, and the Greens increase their ranks, the Libertarians lag behind both. It took me ten years as a LP member to realize their lack of political savvy, and inability to be a genuine political force.

      And as I often say, two things can be simultaneously true. One can be a patriotic constitutionalist AND be nuts at the same time. (Present company excluded.)

  9. November 30, 2009 8:56 am

    Generals are traditionally authoritarian. Eisenhower however played golf and thus he needed his appointees to have wide experience of life and commerce.

  10. Joseph White permalink
    November 30, 2009 9:00 am

    How about this?

    Those who can, do.
    Those who can’t do, teach.
    Those who can do neither, run for public office.

  11. Buddy permalink
    November 30, 2009 10:20 am

    Sometimes a picture (or in this case a chart) is worth a thousand words.

  12. Wayne permalink
    December 1, 2009 4:24 am

    Perhaps a better question would be: Out of the above Presidents how many of those administrations weren’t dominated by the economic ideas prescribed by John Maynard Keynes? Following his plan of manipulating interest rates and the currency within a framework of governmental regulation over business is a prescription for advancing socialism. Not surprising that Keynes himself was a charter member of the English Fabian Socialists along with George Bernard Shaw and at times H.G. Wells and Aldous Huxley.

    Hardly surprising that the “brave new world” becoming more evident as we “progress” would be thesocialistic world envisioned by Keynes and his ilk, IMO.

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