Yes, he did his war service, but otherwise was a rich kid's rich kid.
Originally Posted by Pistology
And had one of the nations absolute best domestic policies imaginable. Too bad he screwed up VN.
LBJ a high school teacher.
Not sure about the combat veteran thing as I haven't had a chance to check, but he would be anathema to today's Republicans. He instituted wage and price controls as a means to get run away inflation under control. Try that with today's Congress.
Nixon a family grocery / gas clerk, combat veteran.
And except maybe for Eagle Scout, none of these are pertinent. A McD waiting job doesn't give you the business
Ford a waiter, Eagle Scout, combat veteran.
experience some seem to think a presidential candidate should have. Nor, does combat veteran. It honorable. It says something about character, but has nothing to do with qualifications. Besides, he wasn't elected.
Carter - Annapolis graduate, peanut farmer, exactly (see, you're getting the point).
OK, I'll run down to our pool and find our next president. I'll run down to our radio station and find a DJ for candidate. Had you mentioned his term as a Union President we might have something to talk about.
Reagan, a lifeguard, sportscaster, and acting is a tough job.
Rich man's rich son. An accident of fate doesn't qualify someone for anything. But, his very long career of public service probably made him the most highly qualified candidate and president since WWII.
George HW was a senator's son but was shot down as a combat airman.
The economic success of our country under Clinton might have been accident. We had two or three utterly new industries blossom during the 90s. Each, an outgrowth of government investment in the space program. 1) Popular demand for computers 2) birth of the internet for commercial applications 3) cell phone industry.
Clinton (daft dodger isn't my choice for Commander in Chief) - gotta agree with you on that one - but for all of his many faults, debt as a percent of GDP fell during his two terms.
This illustrates one important point. We'd be prosperous again if some new "killer" industry popped up.
Famously said, "Poor George, he was born with a silver foot in his mouth." The Air National Guard Service --if any-- has been highly controversial and there is plenty of evidence he didn't do his time.
W Bush, Air National Guardsman, oilman, baseball team owner.
[quote ] Obama inherited much of the problem, but his lack of leadership is unacceptable. [/quote]
He ran on a platform of compromise and promotion of bipartisanship. Naive.
We had a much larger debt to GDP ratio when Truman and Ike were Presidents. These were the legacies of WWII and Korea. S&P didn't downgrade or threaten, or get involved in the political process. This is the same S&P which through its negligence put AAA ratings on a huge bunch of bonds that were junk. I know. I lost a bundle on CMOs I owned. All AAA until the moment they turned to junk.
Finally, btw, it was a combination of cutting - not raising - taxes and cutting spending during the Truman and Eisenhower terms that began the post-war boom. [
So, does that mean they deserve a huge pass? I don't think so. My hard working son and daughter in law, with a combined income that hardly gets them by pay 25% on each and every dollar they earn above an adjusted gross of about 60 K plus the SS and medicare components which add about 7% more. Thus their total taxation on a relatively meager earnings, hard earned, is double what the ultra wealthy pay on their investment income. The wealthy may not possess sufficient incomes to get us out of our debt crisis, but they sure as heck should be paying their dang way to the same tune extent we expect of a hard working middle class couple. That, they refuse to do.
So all of you who are looking to "the rich" to surrender their wealth to incompetents should know that the total wealth of all of the billionaires in this country is less than ten percent of the national debt and even fails to cover the current deficit! Definite tax and spending cuts are the only proven way to save the economy from its current downward spiral.