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Old 08-19-2017, 01:50 PM
 
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Because for years some right wing media types have been pushing the idea that politics is not a "real" job. The mythology is that politicians are do-nothings that make slick speeches and hang out with lobbyists all day while they sell us out to big money. They supposedly have no leadership skills and would fail if they ever had to have a "real" job.

Business leaders, on the other hand, are suppose to posess superior skills at "getting things done" with efficiency and decisiveness. The subtext is that they are real alpha men who can set everything right because they are special and know how to "create jobs".

Of course this is not exactly how the real world operates, but mythologies being what they are you can't talk people out of the fantasy once they buy in so hard.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:00 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Most of the Trump voters that I know, including my husband, who thought that America needed a businessman in power to "run the country like a business", actually have very little understanding of politics and economics themselves, global or domestic.

I'm sure there are exceptions to that rule, but that is what I've personally witnessed.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:09 PM
 
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$20 trillion in debt, a failed war on poverty, some of the most expensive drugs in the world, too big to fail, lots of wars, etc etc etc.

That is what we got from decades of politician rule.

You call that a success?
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Eastern N.C.
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If you always do
what you always did
you'll always get
what you always got.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:11 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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$20 trillion in debt, a failed war on poverty, some of the most expensive drugs in the world, too big to fail, lots of wars, etc etc etc.

That is what we got from decades of politician rule.

You call that a success?
Richest, most powerful nation the world has EVER SEEN - YEAH, I call that SUCCESS.

Ken
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:13 PM
 
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Richest, most powerful nation the world has EVER SEEN - YEAH, I call that SUCCESS.

Ken
So, you feel we should keep spending trillions on weapons to stay the most powerful?

I'm just not as sure as you about how bombing other countries benefit you and I.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Austin
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The majority of Republicans chose a businessman out of a possible 17 candidates for the Republican party nominee. The American voters, including Democrats/Republicans/Independents that made up the electoral college in America, chose the Republican businessman over the Democrat career politician/politician's wife.<shrug>
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:14 PM
 
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Politicians know how to take money, not make money.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:15 PM
 
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Politicians know how to take money, not make money.
As well as spend more than they take.
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Old 08-19-2017, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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History has shown that businessmen have a very poor track record as Presidents. Almost none of them are considered to be "successful" Presidents. It seems the skill set doesn't translate all that well.

Ken
Exactly. The reason is simple: a government is not a business. It is infinitely more complex than a business, if for no other reason than the fact that our government is tripartite, not a monarchy, as many businesses are. Thus, a businessman, successful or not, who has no experience in government, politics, or law is not qualified to be president. I won't even address Trump's personality characteristics that has made it difficult for him to succeed as POTUS.
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