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June 8, 2010

Quote Of The Day

by Brad Warbiany

Scott Adams, author of Dilbert, on politicians.

I wonder if we should start requiring in our leaders a background that shows they can deal with complexity. Lawyers and engineers have that training. I assume that doctors and economists have what it takes. Ironically, a degree in political science alone is probably a red flag that a person might not be suited for the complexities of holding office. Taking it a step further, if your elected representative majored in English, he’s probably relying on reflex, polls, superstition or bribery to make his decisions. Good luck with that.

I’m not so sure about lawyers — sorry, Doug — as our legislatures are full of lawyers, and one can’t exactly claim the results have been stellar.

But I’d expand it a little. One aspect is dealing with complexity. The other is dealing with reality, which is where engineers and doctors have an advantage.

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  1. I agree with Adams, but you need to also take into account the incompetence of voters. As long as dumb people are allowed to vote, dumb people will assuredly be elected.

    Comment by nicolas — June 8, 2010 @ 8:05 am

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