Comments on: Why the ‘best and brightest’ can be dimmest and worst at governing http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Murfalad http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1128650 Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:00:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1128650 As others have mentioned here the “best and brightest” were academics, that is not what the government needs.

What they do need are intelligent people who have proven themselves successful outside of government, that gives them experience and wisdom.

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By: Datadon http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1126578 Thu, 31 Dec 2015 13:48:01 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1126578 . “I know the best negotiators. … I always say, ‘I know the ones that people think are good.’ I know people that you’ve never heard of that are better than all of them.”

Tell me where in his statement that he said that he was going to bring in the “smartest people”. As the last post I think is trying to say is that there are people recognized as intelligent and then there are practical “street smart” people. I don’t think that Trump is looking to employ academia.

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By: Whipsplash http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1125181 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 16:55:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1125181 Reuters, Please post the latest comment I submitted. I’m trying to ‘advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data’, which is obviously being block by a right winger on your staff, just sad Reuters.

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By: kenwoody http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1125120 Tue, 22 Dec 2015 13:51:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1125120 JFK was my favorite, talented and smart, but he forgot to keep his friends close and his enemies closer. The country took a direction of shock after his death which spiraled during vietnam.

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By: Solidar http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124910 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 21:09:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124910 Trump bankrupted 3 companies and lost the four previous elections he has tried this in. Never mistake attention-seeking incompetence for common sense or “street smarts.”

He has neither.

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By: kenwoody http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124869 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 17:37:04 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124869 The article implies that a high IQ qualifies one to make decisions for the common good but the result is the opposite. Scholars and academics are elitists snobs lacking common sense. Trump strikes me as a combination of street smarts and book smarts.

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By: Whipsplash http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124858 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 06:14:58 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124858 Well, Trump doesn’t have to worry about being the best or brightest and he has the common sense of a rock. Born with a silver spoon in his mouth he’s little more than a blowhard. Anybody that thinks he has even a slim chance at being voted in to office hasn’t even the slightest grasp on reality.

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By: kenwoody http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124855 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 01:34:18 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124855 High IQ is not a guarantee of problem solving, If that was the case then every candidate should take a test to see if the IQ measures up……….What individuals
need to demonstrate is common sense, good judgement and a willingness for strong military.
Trump certainly comports himself this way and is successful. The fact that he will not be beholden to lobbyists speaks quite loud that policies will put the country first.

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By: OldNotBent http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124854 Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:07:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124854 Trump is alive to defend himself, that can’t be said of JFK. His mistakes are fair game, but repeating information that has been proven to be historically false defames his legacy and sacrifice. That should not be allowed to stand unchallenged.

The location of the landing site for the anti-Cuban rebels was to be in an area that would allow them to blend into the mountains on each side should the resistance be too great. Then they would blend into the communities and foment a counter-revolution.

In an attempt to force him into using air support to avert disaster, the landing site was moved to an area bounded on both sides by impassible swamp…

He was betrayed yet shouldered the loss of life with the statement, “Success has a 1,000 Fathers, but Failure is an orphan.”

At the time of his murder, the Joint Chiefs were on their way to Hawaii for a meeting with McNamara who was to instruct them that 1,000 US advisers were to be out of Vietnam by the end of the year and a total withdrawal of all military advisers by 1965. He died a man of his word. He had declared that he would never allow a young American serviceman to be sent to the jungles of Vietnam to fight and die under his watch.

It is long past the time that these two myths were laid to rest. The betrayals began before he ever took the oath. As president-elect, he had guaranteed Patrice Lumumba (who was under house arrest) his protection. Lumumba was assassinated three days before he took office and the news withheld from him for 30 days.

We desperately need another John Kennedy, that is painfully clear. The only question is would “They” let this one live?

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By: xaxacatla http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2015/12/18/why-the-best-and-brightest-are-often-the-dimmest-and-worst-at-governing/#comment-1124853 Sun, 20 Dec 2015 21:14:08 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=45341#comment-1124853 Gerrymandering in the last redistricting made the US Congress much more conservative than is the typical US voter. In 2012 GOP candidates lost in the popular vote for House candidates by five percent, yet came out on top by 34 seats. The game is rigged to the Right.

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