Why Are the Idiots in Charge?

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I must confess.  There are a lot of smart people on WB with great command of issues, fantastic analysis and some good solutions.  I regularly watch Youtube and I am just blown away by how smart people are and how they grasp the complexity of problems I could never hope to.  People like Paul Craig Roberts, Gerald Celente, Max Keiser, Jim Rickards, Chris Hedges, and even people on the extremes like Alex Jones on the right and Jimmy Dore on the left actually have well thought out analysis and solutions.

 

So why are the smart ones never on MSM?  Why aren't they being invited to help analyze and solve our many problems, particularly economic.  More importantly, we are stuck with a bunch of dunces that know very little and have no real comprehension of problems and workable solutions.  Like the ninnys on MSNBC that think a college education is the answer to everything economic or the Fox empty heads that think cutting taxes would perform miracles for the disillusioned and dissolving middle class. Most Americans actually have a decent education and job skills. The problem is that we do not have enough good jobs to meet the supply.

 

It no less astounds me that no one in authority or the public eye seems to have an inkling of critical thinking, reasoning, logic or intellectual prowess.  Instead they just parrot the same tired, outdated and vastly wrong talking points made up by even bigger crackpots and mental deficients.

 

In 1961 with the US running behind the Soviet Union in the space program JFK challenged the US to reach the moon by decade end, which we did.  Now granted throughout the 1960s there were those that argued spending billions to visit a place with nothing but dust, dirt, rocks and unbreathable air was wasteful (my mother was one of them).  However, we did it with 1960s technology.  Remember how bad technology was in the 1960s?  It was herculean task just to get a report that showed you last month's sales numbers.  Only bigger companies even had access to technology.  Yet somehow we made it to the moon.  Today, we can't even get flights out of airports on time.  The monthly unemployment number is no where close to reality.

 

Will we ever again put our best into leadership positions or will we get the same kind of both clueless public and private managers we now have? The ones that have created a business world based upon credit default swaps or payday lenders or public leaders that somehow managed to spend $20 trillion with little to show for it.  Will we ever honor again the kind of writers showcased on WB or will it be mindless writing about "Buffy my Tabby Cat" or "How do you get your employees to like you" garbage?

 

America doesn't lack talent.  It has no shortage of smart people with answers.  It has the means to solve problems.  Unfortunately, the people needed are blogging on WB while the dunces, douche bags, morons, charlatans, dingbats, bimbos, airheads, juice heads and all around imbeciles are pontificating away on CNN and in the New York Times.  Or worse serving in Congress or have the title of CEO.

 

 

 

Comments

Micahel Dolan Added Apr 12, 2017 - 3:50pm
The idiots in-charge. Elected politician's who have one goal get reelected-become very very wealthy- have a lifetime job- then they get a giant pension- then they become lobbyist and sell themselves to corporations for dollars. The IRS is a home to aid democrat party members. It also commits crimes picks and chooses who they will attack- like the Tea Party. These government leaders in every city town and state are deplorable-liars and thieves.
Living the High Life off of our paychecks. Get me a Charity Foundation, I want to become a filthy rich politician.
George N Romey Added Apr 12, 2017 - 3:56pm
Michael the MSM, Wall Street, big pharma and corporations are in this alliance.  Government is the traffic coordinator.
Jeff Jackson Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:11pm
George, my favorite example is Michele Rhee. Ms. Rhee took over the Washington D.C. school system after it had been given the last rites. The system was just hours away from being cut up for scrap. Ms. Rhee took over and turned the district around. There were many people who weren't qualified, or people hired on their promise that they would earn the credentials, and they forgot about getting credentialed before the ink was dry on their contracts.
There were employees who were unqualified, ineffective, and shouldn't have been there. Rhee got rid of them, and straightened the system out. Of course, she was hated for turning things around, or, rather, she was hated for doing the things necessary to turn things around, and told that if she didn't resign she would be fired. The people who run these things (or, maintain the appearance of running them) are not interested in making them run better. If you come and straighten things out, don't count on being there long, you'll quickly be hated and either fired or asked to leave. This is why we have consultants nowadays.
Consultants come in, fire people, insist that people do what they are supposed to do and then leave, and all the hate leaves with them, even if they are secretly doing what the management told them to do, but the management didn't want to be hated. Turning organizations around will get you hated. Even fixing problems that need immediate fixing will get you hated. Been there, done that.
Dino Manalis Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:12pm
They're wealthy and powerful, some are more interested in special interests and not ready to solve problems.  They should rely on independent think tanks for analysis and recommendations.
George N Romey Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:27pm
Jeff its also because employees are no longer rewarded for their contribution.  Southwest Airlines has been a very successful company in part because management has tried to look out for its employees. Delta Airlines years back hired a new CEO to help restructure the airline.  He engaged employees in the turnaround process.  When Delta became financially successful again he awarded employees with an average wage increase of more than 20%.  He was vilified by Wall Street for doing so but he held his ground and his principles.  Delta today is the most profitable airline.  Not perfect mind you.  But isn't it amazing a company could increase wages by more than 20% and be the profit leader in its industry.
 
John Minehan Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:28pm
I will sound like I am going for a cheap laugh, but I'm quite serious.  They are in charge because we elect them.
Louis E Weeks Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:30pm
Politics plays too big a part in the decision making.  Like pausing immigration from Nations with a large radical Islam problem.  Why not pause and consider our options and look to where we can do better?
 
But it does not match the political agenda and games of the Democratic party so they fight it even thought it is a logical and rational idea.
 
Hood men and women who are smart and sharp and capable many times either can't pass the background checks or they do not want to become a punching bag because of how nasty the left gets.  Look how they attacked Romney's wife and how they attacked Trump's youngest son, there is simply no call for that kind of behavior but the left seems to think any tactic, no matter how nasty, is okay when used against those who do not agree with them.
 
Don't get me wrong, the Right can be nasty too, just not on the same level, even Hillary Clinton, the top politicians of the Democratic party said half of all Trump voters were deplorable and lacked any redeeming quality in America.
 
 
That is a pretty huge number of fellow Americans to call deplorable, but she felt justified because anyone who does not bow down to her must be evil.
 
 
Who really wants to endure that sort of thing?  I know I don't.  I dislike the couple trolls we have here looking for any excuse to be ugly, I  could never deal with tens of millions of Democrats screaming "Racist" at me all day, lol.
 
 
George N Romey Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:34pm
Its more than the politicians.  Look at the airheads that have run the Federal Reserve-Greenspan, Bernanke, Yellen as compared to someone like Volcker.  Look at some of the empty heads running Silicon Valley.  Or what we have on Wall Street-Lloyd Blankfein?
 
Louis E Weeks Added Apr 12, 2017 - 4:43pm
Again, they are more concerned with politics, more accurately called the "right" politics than doing a good job.
 
Look how several people connected to Obama came out supporting the strike on Syria or at least not condemning it.  Why were they silent when Obama was President about his refusal to do anything?
 
Clearly they believe some punishment for using chemical weapons is justified but not under Obama, so they stayed silent for political reasons.  I do not think they were stupid or bad, just ruled by the need to follow political loyalties above all else.
EXPAT Added Apr 12, 2017 - 6:15pm
QUESTION:
Why Are the Idiots in Charge?
 
ANSWER:
Because the SAVANTS put them there!!!!!!
Leroy Added Apr 12, 2017 - 9:28pm
"Idiots!  I'm surrounded by idiots.", as my college brother used to say all the time.
 
The problem is democracy.  As we become more and more democratic, the election of our leaders become more of a popularity contest.  I would prefer a system of voting where you had to have skin in the game; i.e., you owned property or at least had something to lose.  Today, we vote ourselves gifts from the treasury, as we were warned would happen.
 
I'm going to throw this out there.  A very learned and accomplished elderly woman who never once failed in her civic duty to vote said to me one day, "The US started going to hell in a hand basket the day women were allowed to vote."  It certainly made us more democratic, but it also raised the emotional component to the US elections.
Patrick Writes Added Apr 12, 2017 - 9:32pm
The article is fair but I can't helping thinking not 100% accurate. 
 
While the space race was going on, the same people in charge were getting the country further and further into Vietnam because of arrogance and national honor (and the 'Domino Theory' which never completely made sense).
 
On the History channel, they show these specials from time to time about the slow progression into Vietnam. Johnson having these recorded conversations (over and over with different Congressmen, advisors, etc...) about how Vietnam was a mess, he saw no way of getting out, no light at the end of the tunnel, AS HE FURTHER PLUNGED THE NATION INTO THE WAR. Defense Secretary McNamara came back time and again asking for more and more troops, more elaborate plans. 
 
Literally a few weeks before JFK was assassinated, he gave the CIA the nod to topple the weak leader of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem,  who was captured and executed (practically Gaddafi style). 
 
The interviewed guys who fought there saying the enemy was invisible. Out in the jungle entire armies could be rendered useless for days by a handful of well placed snipers who'd then flee into tunnels. The U.S. army would then go around the villages and pick guys they thought were Viet Cong as prisoners, torch the village, leave the women and children homeless.  
 
This was an epically stupid conflict unless your national survival depended on it. For the U.S., it was merely a colonialist adventure. 
 
Those were idiots who plunged the nation into that war. 
John G Added Apr 12, 2017 - 10:24pm
Volcker was smart?
 
I nearly spat my coffee on my keyboard at that.
 
Smart people don't cause massive recessions and job losses.
Dave Volek Added Apr 13, 2017 - 1:23am
Good article, George.
On one hand, wrestling with these various national and international issues is a complex task. Even the best minds are going to run into "damned if you do and damned if you don't" situations. One the other hand, the system discourages many of these people from running from public office. America has 350 million people; could this country not have found better candidates than were offered in November 2016?
John G Added Apr 13, 2017 - 3:37am
George thinks that the Rothschilds own the Federal Reserve and also claims to understand the monetary system.
 
It doesn't compute.
Minister Peaceful Poet Added Apr 13, 2017 - 6:12am
You should check out truther girl or syrian girl, they're pretty smart, but then, maybe I just like the women, but they're pretty smart. 
Mircea Negres Added Apr 13, 2017 - 9:31am
Good question, George. My answer is that good people are not willing to be treated like dirt by unappreciative systems and leave before they are destroyed as human beings. What's left are usually the dregs, and they stick around because with the stiff competition now departed, somebody has to fill the slots- and that's how government departments, businesses and countries run themselves into the ground. Read Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand and you will see the fate of every country which turns on its intellectuals, meritocrats and shining stars.
Billy Roper Added Apr 13, 2017 - 9:51am
So why are the smart ones never on MSM?
 
Because the MSM is owned and controlled by Jews who have a specific agenda to push.
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 13, 2017 - 10:26am
Good article raising important questions George. It would take too long to offer a comprehensive answer covering the debt based economy, problems in education, the belief that educational qualifications are the only measure of human intelligence, etc. Briefly, whereas one of the signatories of the American constitution said, "It is the duty of every citizen to always question authority," now we seem to live in a system which instills the message, "You must never question authority."
And people lack the nous to defy that.

George N Romey Added Apr 13, 2017 - 10:35am
Ian it seems as though people with big ideas to solve complex problems are pushed to the side.  You watch the many really good Youtube channels and you see lots of smart people with great common sense yet they will never be named to a cabinet post, invited on MSM or write for a major paper, etc.  As if stupidity and the willingness to tow the corporate line are prized as valuable assets.
Bill Kamps Added Apr 13, 2017 - 11:06am
A few points of disagreement.
 
First about 30K commercial airline flights travel safely every day in the US.  This is several times the number of flights per day in the 1960s.  The accomplishment of doing this is not a small matter, and is substantially better than could have been  done in the 1960s.   The skies and system in general are a bit crowded which is why sometimes your flight is late.   I would submit that there are few in WB who could handle the logistics of a major airline on a sunny day, much less when storms throw a wrench into the system.
 
Will we ever again put our best into leadership positions ?

 
In general that was almost never the case.  Politicians were almost never our  best and brightest.  Kennedy, who you refer to, was elected because of how his father manipulated the system.   Politicians were often crooks and scoundrels just as they are today. 
 
When was this time that things ran smoothly, when all the flights were on time, when politicians weren't in general dishonest, when the press didnt hide the facts from the voters, and when people offering opinions weren't usually blowhards.
 
 
Mike Haluska Added Apr 13, 2017 - 11:39am
George - I have been asked to run for office several times in my life, and actually seriously considered it once.  Then I regained consciousness and realized I was laying in a hockey rink as a result of a collision between my head and the boards.
George N Romey Added Apr 13, 2017 - 11:56am
Bill the Next Gen project was created more than 10 years ago.  The technology is suppose to allow more traffic in the skies by better aircraft tracking and thus reducing delays.  It was suppose to be fully operational several years ago.  Today its still in testing stage.  Yet from 1961 to 1969 the US in combination with private industry was able to develop the means to send men safely to the moon and back.   
Bill Kamps Added Apr 13, 2017 - 12:59pm
Well the government screws up most anything it tries to do, it causes delays and many cost over runs, like any defense department plan.
 
To say the people running airlines are dumb is not correct.  The people in government agencies are not necessarily dumb, but they are hamstrung by  the politicians for sure.
 
Werner Von Braun got us to the moon.  If not for him its not clear we would have made it, especially since no one else has gone in the past 50 years.  
Mike Haluska Added Apr 13, 2017 - 2:00pm
 
George - if the government really wants something accomplished via taxpayer funding, rather than fund the project they should simply post a "reward" of significant $$ to whomever comes up with a valid, provable solution.
George N Romey Added Apr 13, 2017 - 3:39pm
I didn't say airline management is dumb.  The fact is that they must contend with an air system made for 1960s air travel just as in the way trucking CEOs have to contend with late deliveries because of poor road quality.
 
We as a society used to assume our leaders were leaders because of their intellectual superiority.  I think we have come to realize that some of those in charge are not of the caliber we need them to be. Look at the way private equity works.  Look at the way Wall Street uses shorts. Both end up destroying far far more than any benefit that is derived. 
 
The age of ubiquitous technology is shining light on just how incompetent much of our leadership is, both in the private and public sector.  The days of being able to control the information flow to the masses has come to an end.  The question is will there be enough critical mass of people rejecting authoritative propaganda that flows from traditional sources (newspaper, newscast, etc.) 
John Minehan Added Apr 13, 2017 - 4:18pm
This may be of interest.
wsucram15 Added Apr 13, 2017 - 4:47pm
George,
Im surprised at you, really. You know why people of intellect are not in politics. I like to think some of them (not all but some) have morals, which you absolutely CANNOT have in politics.  People who think and rationalize generally dont like to follow or be told what they must do and if you are lucky enough to actually BE ELECTED and not GERRYMANDERED into your seat, then representing your people is first.  People equated this with the GOP but it happens with Dems also.
Now this  is sad and a loss for the people.  The people in power are nothing more than paid representatives for special interest groups who try to look like they represent something other than money.
I think the Democrats are really doing a disservice to themselves right now, but Republicans are losing ground also.  People are angry and the town halls along with margins are slimmer.   People want change and its not happening....as people catch on, this debate will get more heated.
 
George N Romey Added Apr 13, 2017 - 5:07pm
Jeanne I think good people go to Washington DC with good intent.  They immediately run into an atmosphere that dictates that change is unwelcomed, unneeded and not possible.  They quickly fall for trying for changes around the margins which does nothing to really solve problems.  They get trapped by the surroundings and the process. Just look at Elizabeth Warren.  After awhile they really want to believe they can effect change but in reality they can't.
 
Much of this of course is the fact that elected to a national office today requires significant money and politicians are forced to go to where the money is.  This means big money donors.  The kind that usually do not want wholesale changes and use their money and influence to keep politicians in line.  
 
This line of operation will only be broken when enough people rise up and reject the two party system.  Only when the current paradigm of big money and government is severed.  My belief is that more and more it will take something horribly spectacular like a worse than 1930s Depression for people to finally give up on the system.
 
The sad part is that big picture thinkers aren't allowed in Washington.  People that would want to discuss how do we have full employment in an era when private enterprise is increasingly destroying good jobs are shut out and silenced.  The titans of industry that should be concerned about how an increasingly poverty stricken America will impact their business just ignore the new reality.  Better to just put cute videos on the Company's career page with some outlandish alleged commitment to employee satisfaction that is never practiced in reality.
 
In other words, stupidity and ignorance is not only bliss but of high value.   In other words, smile and pretend that it will all work out in the end for the good.
John G Added Apr 13, 2017 - 6:50pm
The corporations want good actors who will bow to the monied elite's interests in politics.
Capitalism and democracy are like oil and water.
KIM A HAZEL Added Apr 13, 2017 - 10:29pm
To use your example about the space race...it's too bad we didn't treat climate change with the same urgency and commitment. 
Autumn Cote Added Apr 14, 2017 - 1:11am
George,
Please note, it's against the rules to post two articles within 48 hours of each other.  As always, many thanks for your participation with Writer Beat!  
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 3:20am
re "So why are the smart ones never on MSM?
 
Because the MSM is owned and controlled by Jews who have a specific agenda to push.  "
 
That is it exactly and when people get the courage to look at what famous people and the philosophers (Pick one at random, look it up, See the YouTube video on the subject) have said about Jews all throughout history the sycophantic nature of their mindset may disappear.
  If you even mention the word Jew in a negative light, people react to it as if you had just raped their sister.
  To them it seems nonsensical that a small ethnocentric very secretive group would have malevolent intent toward them and their good intentions. Too much TV and cheap books and not enough real world experience has lead people to think malevolence is impossible, even as every single institution falls apart around them.
  Jews are at war with reason and Western society is woven together by reason, not authority. Jews wish to rule the world by their authority, reason (Christ) must be destroyed.
  Its time for a little courage, wisdom and heart. Look at what Israel has been doing since it came into existence. Even if the holocaust was real, what Jews have done to others far outweighs what Hitler supposedly did to them. See how the holocaust story has changed over time. Jews being steamed, then burned, now gassed - its all so ridiculous. If the gassing thing gets debunked, they will invent a new method.
John G Added Apr 14, 2017 - 3:28am
Plumb you are an anti-semitic racist scumbag.
 
I oppose Zionism and I oppose 'Israel' but I wonder whether scum like you aren't agent provocateurs out there to discredit legitimate opposition and to discredit Palestinian rights.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Apr 14, 2017 - 7:27am
Idiots run things because people won't stand up to them. 
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 8:32am
re "Jews are at war with reason and Western society is woven together by reason, not authority. Jews wish to rule the world by their authority, reason (Christ) must be destroyed."
 
Read some of the Frankfurt School - Eclipse Of Reason. Look at Talmudic quotes. Get a brain. Stop using empty insults.
 
re "Idiots run things because people won't stand up to them."
 
So true. I've openly spoken about the dope dealing paedophiles when speaking to crowds of up to 400. I got a few gasps.
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 8:34am
re "The corporations want good actors who will bow to the monied elite's interests in politics.
Capitalism and democracy are like oil and water.  "
 
You can go to a library and get books for free. Where di you learn this TV ?
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 8:35am
crony capitalism and democracy ore like oil and water. Crony capitialism turns people into retards. Free market doesn't.
George N Romey Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:33am
More and more we have an elite ruling class destined for the plum positions from birth. They have all the advantages growing up, attend the finest schools, have all the connections by family, and shoot to the top in a very short period of time. Think Chelsea Clinton, already being groomed to run for the office her mother couldn't win.
 
The problem is these people have no real world grounding.  Their decisions are based upon some theory espoused by some other equally clueless elite.  To us that live and contend in the real world they look like idiots.  To the elites they see themselves above everyone else when in fact they are below everyone else in real intellectual thinking.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:35am
Kim - you should really do some research before you make comments about the relative "commitments" made to "Climate Change" and other initiatives like the Space Race.  The Apollo Program cost $25.4 billion.  Last year the federal budget allocated $26 billion to "Climate Change", with a total of $510 BILLION spent since the 1980's.
 
The Apollo Program actually accomplished its Mission Objectives and spawned trillions of dollars worth of entirely new technologies and industries.  Exactly WHAT do we have to show for the $510 BILLION spent on "Climate Change"???  When the dust finally clears "Climate Change" will be exposed as the biggest taxpayer swindle in history.
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:38am
@George re "To the elites they see themselves above everyone else when in fact they are below everyone else in real intellectual thinking".  
  Dr. John Coleman, MI6 writes in the World Socialist Conspiracy that Theodore Adorno played a huge role in writing the music for the Beatles, Stones, etc. These kids didn't write that is a marijuanna smoke filled garage. That stuff is deep. Adorno is from the Frankfurt School. They are really smart, but they aim to mislead.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:48am
Doug - your assertion:
 
"Even if the holocaust was real, what Jews have done to others far outweighs what Hitler supposedly did to them."
 
is so profoundly stupid I find difficulty gathering the proper words for a fitting response.  I wish you were there when Ike and Patton forced the German citizens to walk through the concentration camps. 
 
What I don't comprehend is what you think the benefit to you personally is by ignoring/marginalizing the death and suffering of anyone?  Exactly what "harm" have Jewish people foisted upon you? 
Billy Roper Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:56am
John G., who has posted here on Writer Beat under different names in order to avoid responsibility for their writings, is a Shabbos Goy Zionist shill.
 
Mike, Jews push open borders for every White nation, resulting in our people becoming a minority in the countries established for them. That's measurable and observable harm. Through their control of the news and entertainment media, they push every kind of anti-White, anti-traditional value they can, to destroy the homogeneity of their host nations. That's a provable fact.
Ian Thorpe Added Apr 14, 2017 - 9:58am
George, I agree we have an elite ruling class, that has always been the case. What I find disturbing is that we seem to be heading back towards the situation of medieval communities, in which a person was born into a position in society and could only change that by moving downwards. This was usually achieved by people 'marrying beneath themselves.'
Much is made of higher education now but really degree level education is so commonplace it is no guarantee of a successful career. In fact a recent European survey showed, personal connections are still the best aid to a good job.
Do we really want to go back there?
Doug Plumb Added Apr 14, 2017 - 11:16am
re "Exactly what "harm" have Jewish people foisted upon you? "
 
Absolutely none. I do not know any nor have I known any.
 
This makes me unbiased wrt truth. (They did trick me out of money for donations to make it "never happen again", on my income tax, as they shape the world around us to make "it" happen again, using stolen income tax money, as they are doing "it" to Palestinians and have recently even permitted sex slavery as late as 2006. As Hanah Arendt once put it (paraphrased) "There is evil but the lowest depths of hell are reserved for the hypocrite".
George N Romey Added Apr 14, 2017 - 11:24am
Ian the great equalizer was education.  Now unless you have an Ivy League degree many firms want nothing to do with you.  Who goes to Ivy League schools?  The children of the rich.  Increasingly middle income kids find that for them its only a state school, usually accumulating debt to do so.  However, that degree only gets you a job and a career that once took just a high school diploma, at best. Between student loan and credit card debt and little social mobility young people are being trapped into a never ending cycle of poverty. Currently more than a third of 30 year olds are living at home with no change to their slight in sight.  Five years down the road will these same then 35 year olds still be living with aging parents?
 
On the other hand, the elites live in a world in which young people are successful.  Everyone they associate with is successful.  They begin to assume those not successful are of their own doing.
John G Added Apr 14, 2017 - 4:43pm
Billy Roper, you are not only a foul racist scumbag, you are a complete idiot to boot.
John Minehan Added Apr 15, 2017 - 8:44am
There is something known as "Murphy's Rules of Combat."  One that applies here is 'Always remember your weapon was made by the lowest bidder."
John Minehan Added Apr 15, 2017 - 9:27am
The Ivies (and a few other institutions, NYU; Stanford; Duke; UCLA; & Michigan and some schools of engineering: MIT; Caltech & maybe RPI) get the best students, not only academically gifted but well rounded and deeply interested.
 
We have the metrics to make that cut quite early now and everyone benefits.
 
The problem with it, however, is that it does mean there is a bit of "group think" among the elites that may not be useful.  Taleb has described it as the "IYI" (Intellectual Yet Idiots") phenomenon and he sees it outside the natural sciences, but I suspect it is there as well.
 
The system does reward talent, even if it does not come through the usual pipelines, but the tendency towards groupthink may delay the recognition of new approaches.   
George N Romey Added Apr 15, 2017 - 4:59pm
Actually its the useful idiots that are useful those that don't want to be connected with the dirty work. Politicians are the first to come to mind for useful idiots.
Mike Haluska Added Apr 17, 2017 - 10:22am
John - 40 years ago the Ivy League admission was based on a combination of merit and family legacy (did Daddy go to Harvard?).  Recently some kid got admitted to Stanford by typing "BLACK LIVES MATTER" a hundred times on his admission essay . . . that's it!
 
 
Mike Haluska Added Apr 17, 2017 - 10:25am
By the way, 60 Minutes did a story about how the Ivy League schools have managed to get the poor and middle class to pay for rich kids to go to their universities.  The Ivy League schools have ridiculous endowments that are supposed to be used to assist students with tuition, room & board, etc.  Instead they are getting billions in Federal Funding while they sit on their largesse!!!
George N Romey Added Apr 17, 2017 - 11:55am
Harvard is one of the worst employers to work for.  I have friends in the Boston area and they have nightmare stories of how employees are treated.  So much for the colleague environment.  Increasingly professors are adjunct staff paid like paupers and treated as such.
 
The Harvard Endowment is a hundred billion dollar money making scheme that doesn't pay a penny of tax.  You now know where the graduates of this institution get their ideas for the business world.
wsucram15 Added Apr 17, 2017 - 4:20pm
George..big money in politics has been an issue for some time now. Its gotten worse now because its more open, but its been going on for awhile. 
Warren was a good example, but she does a lot of good.  You just don't see it because its not directly affecting you, or is it?  She is tough, smart with tremendous pull. I like her, I'd watch Booker though, Ive been watching him for awhile now.  In fact there are quite a few movers you hear little about in both the Democratic and Republican parties.   Both Warren and Sanders have received a great deal of money from grassroots efforts.   Largely dismissed by Republicans, it is a mistake on their part, as the two of them are hugely popular with constituents on both sides (especially Sanders) in many areas.
But a handful cannot get things done, your right...WE need to clean the den out.  All of them, start fresh with everyone.  Cap spending, reduce a few things(term limits, salaries, perks) fix some other things then--->move forward. The ones that are there for public service will stay...
George N Romey Added Apr 17, 2017 - 4:27pm
Jeanne what I question is when put down by the Democratic establishment will Warren like Sanders become obedient to their demands or simply tear away.  Yes Elizabeth Warren like Sanders can give impassionate speeches (so did Obama) but when a really difficult choice needs to be made will she take that chance for a real political revolution.  I think that in 2020 we will see.
John G Added Apr 18, 2017 - 3:02am
Recently some kid got admitted to Stanford by typing "BLACK LIVES MATTER" a hundred times on his admission essay
Jesus Christ, do you expect people to believe your ridiculous lies?
Micahel Dolan Added Apr 18, 2017 - 10:11am
President Trump is the biggest fear for the establishment-politicians. Trump has put many non-establishment business people into his cabinet. Economy and Jobs are up, impassionate speeches are usually BS for votes. #You Can Keep Your Doctor. That whooper was spewed by Obama over and over.
martin macrae Added Apr 18, 2017 - 10:53am
Posturing has replaced thinking and acting.
The liberal elite posture at each other to gain acceptance, the  belonging to a superior sect  who look to each other for aproval. This liberal stance invaded all parties long ago, replacing right and wrong as a measure of personal quality. If one approves of , say, homsexuality or dissaproves of abortion, one has the 'right' attitudes.  Common sense, as it once existed to explain the absurdities of life has been replaced by the absurdidites of life. Under the liberal elite, one can wait to see what is the 'correct' response before uttering the necesserary platitude for any given subject. This covers just about all current politic. Voters  were  so completly fed-up with these animals they were willing to vote in a president who is incoherent, unpredictable and downright dim, -that is the level of frustration they have with the liberal elite. -Trump might do better in any given issue because he has never promised to follow 'correct' thinking, he might actually do something that works.
John G Added Apr 19, 2017 - 3:16am
Trump surrendered. What don't you stupid fascist cunts get?
Jeff Michka Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:45pm
Micahel Dolan the Trumpist shill tries to tell folks: Trump has put many non-establishment business people into his cabinet.- Yeah.  That great counter-culture at Goldman-Sachs must have done it for the Orange Stooge...
Jeff Michka Added Apr 27, 2017 - 2:47pm
Mekey HaHaHaluska peddles fake news: Recently some kid got admitted to Stanford by typing "BLACK LIVES MATTER" a hundred times on his admission essay . . . that's it!-Of course, Mr & Mrs rightist fake news has a cite for this....nobody bother to hold your breath.

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