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  •  So Obama is a lousy manager. (0+ / 0-)

    Why should we be surprised by that?

    Frankly, nobody who's ever met a law school professor should be surprised by that.

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    by dinotrac on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 07:57:54 AM PST

    •  The article in Foreign Policy magazine (1+ / 0-)
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      by David Rothkopf is enlightening about Obama's faults as a manager. My right-wing relative is always complaining about Valerie Jarrett, perhaps deservedly so, according to the article. Rothkopf applauds Eisenhower's managerial skills learned as a general, but he doesn't mention the three dubious major "gifts" Ike gave us: the interstate highway system, which has destroyed neighborhoods and contributed to our suburbanization; the St. Lawrence Seaway, which has introduced destructive non-native species to the Great Lakes; and "atoms for peace", a very expensive experiment in nuclear energy for us taxpayers. Ike thought businessmen were the world's ablest people and stocked his cabinet full of them. "At the pinnacle of his value system were the great captains of industry," says William Manchester in The Glory and the Dream, p. 648.

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 09:12:39 AM PST

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      •  Interstate highway system was a national defense (1+ / 0-)
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        initiative and a good thing besides.

        Did it do a lot of damage along the way (including the death of route 66)? Sure.  How many major government infratstructure programs (think Hoover dam, others) don't?

        The others have to be viewed through a 1950s glass. Truth is, he got a lot of things done -- including the integration of Little Rock schools, the destruction of Joe McCarthy, the Civil Rights Act of 1957, and the creation of NASA.

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        by dinotrac on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 10:11:40 AM PST

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