Advertisement

Letters to the Editor

Enough business

March 2, 2009

Advertisement

To the editor:

In his Feb. 20 Saturday Column, Dolph C. Simons Jr. supports the idea that Congress needs to call attention to not just the chief executives of major banks but their directors as well. Good point. But then, without apparent evidence, he says: “Maybe one of the problems is that most of those serving in Congress have been in the business of politics most of their adult lives. How many congressman have had to meet a payroll or run a business?”

It turns out, more than he thinks. Independent Street, an online resource for entrepreneurs, and fairly conservative politically, and an entry in Wikipedia claim that more than a third of the new members of Congress have a small business background. Further, 188 current members of Congress (162 in the House, 26 in the Senate) have worked in private sector business. Eighteen have MBA degrees. Contrast that with, say, nine scientists, 24 from the field of medicine, and five CPAs. One hundred fifty-nine members of the House and 68 in the Senate have worked in some aspect of the law: attorney at law, paralegal, policy analyst, etc. In many of those cases they have had to run a law office, an entrepreneurial exercise for many of them.

What we don’t need is more business people but more people from a variety of professions and occupations: social work, the ministry, teachers and community organizers, for example.

Dennis Saleebey,
Lawrence

Comments

Richard Heckler 5 years, 11 months ago

Hear hear!

Business people obviously do not necessarily make the best people to govern over much of anything. Our local Chamber of Commerce city,county and planning commissions are prime examples

commuter 5 years, 11 months ago

OMG- This is a first. Merrill posted something without using the cut and paste method!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The world is doomed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

geekin_topekan 5 years, 11 months ago

Thanks for the heads up Dennis but I think that most people (even the conservatives) realize that Dolph spouts without knowledge, more often than not.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 11 months ago

Those who can...do, those who can't....teach

beawolf 5 years, 11 months ago

None of this is relevant. The voters apparently made their decisions based on whatever criteria they felt was appropriate. Blame the voters.

Xbusguy says: "Those who can…do, those who can't….teach"...

At least try and stay on topic. Are you related to xd40? BTW the way I prefer: "Those who can..., teach. Those who can't...., do."

Chris Ogle 5 years, 11 months ago

wolf- sorry to offend you, but I used to teach.

beawolf 5 years, 11 months ago

I wasn't offended. Just wondering what the hell that had to do with the topic. Glad your not teaching anymore. I don't teach but I know that some teachers had a profound, positive effect on my life. God bless them all.

Chris Ogle 5 years, 11 months ago

2 March 2009 at 8:51 a.m.

beawolf (Anonymous) says…

I wasn't offended. Just wondering what the hell that had to do with the topic. Glad your not teaching anymore.

are we a little sparky today??

jafs 5 years, 11 months ago

Bowhunter,

Businesses rely on employees to do the work necessary to sustain their businesses.

And, they don't "give" jobs, they hire people to work in exchange for money.

Kirk Larson 5 years, 11 months ago

"xbusguy (Anonymous) says… Those who can…do, those who can't….teach wolf- sorry to offend you, but I used to teach."

What does it say about you if you can't teach?

salad 5 years, 11 months ago

Mr_Nancy_Boy_To_You (Tom Shewmon) says…

"Where did I go wrong? I should've went on to get my MBA and became a community organizer."

Seriously, where didn't you go wrong??? Would not even put you in charge of organizing the sock drawer.

salad 5 years, 11 months ago

xbusguy (Anonymous) says…

"Those who can…do, those who can't….teach"

...and those who can't teach get a Phd in education and teach teachers....or turn to the dark side and cash in on a fat edu-crat paycheck on pubic dime.

Left_handed 5 years, 11 months ago

I've never seen a pubic dime, sounds kinky.

gl0ck0wn3r 5 years, 11 months ago

"commuter (Anonymous) says… OMG- This is a first. Merrill posted something without using the cut and paste method!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The world is doomed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1"

Yes, but Lil' Dicky still managed to fail at the comma. That's how you can tell when he is typing: the punctuation is always incorrect.

Quick question for Lil' Dicky: You are a self-employed lawn mower and thus a businessman (sort of). Are you suggesting that you are not the best type of person to govern? If so, why are you on so many unelected advisory boards?

Commenting has been disabled for this item.