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Old 08-08-2010, 08:22 AM
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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Originally Posted by TheGambler View Post
for a Saturday! Indeed, I have an undergrad in Political Science and am currently finishing up my masters in Public Policy. Should be done in December.

I have been employed as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer/editor and have been involved in print and online magazine publishing. I have never held elected office, though I have served on a couple of boards and committees in my area. Does this qualify me to be President? Of course not. And it didn't qualify Barack Obama to be President, either.
What is the basis for this relentless focus on credentials and the idea that one must acquire certain "qualifications" to run for or hold office ? Credentialism is something conservatives very much oppose on principal.

Credentialism -- whether it's a misplaced mechanism of acquiring "degrees" over performance (how many NJEA types use the number of "degrees" they have, and claim to "need" to justify ridiculous levels of compensation ?) Friedman goes so far as to argue that occupational licensure is a way to keep those who may do a better job out of the professions -- e.g. it's a way to monopolize the labor supply. In a position like the presidency, that is supposed to be elected by popular vote, the notion that the choice of the voters should be hijacked by a cabal of elites who want to use "credentials" to limit who can run is all the more ominous.

Therefore, it seems that Republicans who do espouse credentialism only do so as a poorly thought out post-hoc rationalization of their position. Is the primary conservative objection to Obama that he does not have enough "qualifications" ? Seriously ???

What about Arnold Schwarzneggar ? What are his "qualifications" besides his bench press ? What were Ronald Reagan's "qualifications", outside of politics when he ran for president ? If qualifications are so important, did you vote for Corzine over Christie ? He is very well "qualified", on paper. Would you have also voted for Booker over the vastly better "qualified" Sharpe James ?
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Old 08-08-2010, 09:13 AM
Location: NJ
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Originally Posted by APLUS View Post
( The 9/11 unity moment will probably never be seen again in our lifetime.
there never was a 9/11 unity moment.

coffee party!!?? hahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!

i think the best we can hope for is a republican legislature and a democrat president and vice versa. government is corruption, when government cant doing anything America wins.
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