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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Getting Things Done

Brought on by reading an article about people who are currently supporting Donald Trump. A couple of notes from the real world:

  • To those of you who say we need a businessman, not a politician, in the presidency: getting things done in politics requires the ability to negotiate with the other team, er, party.
  • Not to mention, do you really want a businessman who has been through four bankruptcies??? 
  • It seems that by "political correctness," you mean "treating others with respect." Please explain to me the problems you see in treating others with respect.
  • Yeah, I'm sure a lot of his spewing is what people think but don't say. That isn't a positive.
I understand why people like a guy they think won't be beholden to donors. Better campaign finance laws could fix that for all candidates, by severely limiting private donations and funding presidential campaigns from public money.

2 comments:

Immanuel Gilen said...

Allow me to take a differing position here and argue that all of these reasons don't matter - it's that his policy proposals are vague, and to the extent that we do know them, poorly conceived if not downright stupid.

I think there's a fair argument that getting things done in business requires the ability to negotiate with other parties all the same, and I don't really think bankruptcies are really a good proxy for success; out of hundreds (if not thousands) of entities that he's been involved in, that may not necessarily mean much, and bankruptcy is used as much as a strategic tool toward creditors than as a surrender flag for a failed mission. I'm with you on your third and fourth points all the way, though I still think the primary response on "why not Donald Trump?" should be "because his policy proposals are completely idiotic, when they exist at all".

Lisa Hirsch said...

I agree - these reasons don't matter, but people are making these claims anyway, so I am going to post attempted refutations of the claims. And yeah, regarding points 3 and 4 and why not Donald Trump.