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Published: Monday, Aug. 15 2011 1:03 p.m. MDT

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Mark B
Eureka, CA

Has this country ever had a successful businessman as its president? If so, why don't we remember him?

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Pagan,

Romney wanted to loan money. Obama simply gave money. Out of the two, Romney certainly had a more productive approach, which was "better for this country."

I don't even want a bailout. I would rather have let them fall, let people loose jobs, and then give the money to boost other start-ups that are pushed down by the collective oil/auto monopoly. All those jobs would have reappeared overnight, but with different companies. I have no problem with that at all.

But no, your guy dished out money with no restraint, no strings attached, CEO's get bonuses while they still lay people off, etc, etc, etc. More corruption begetting more corruption.

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You may not like Romney, especially on gay marriage or any other thing that's important to you. While I disagree, I completely understand that. But as an economic leader, Romney is very clearly the best candidate from any party.

I have plenty of things I don't like about the guy. I disagree with his foreign policy entirely. That list could go on. But financial, any talk of him being incapable or the lesser option just doesn't follow.

Romney has proved his financial intelligence.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@MarkB asked, "Has this country ever had a successful businessman as its president?"

Well Mark here is a list of those within the past 100 years:

Warren Harding (Newspaper Owner/Journalist)
Harry Truman (Haberdasher/Farmer) - Did become bankrupt in 1921 due to economy but paid it all back by 1934.
Jimmy Carter (Farming)
George Bush 41 (Oil)
George Bush 43 (Oil/Baseball Team Owner)

In the earlier years of this country many were Farmers and Plantation Owners (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, etc.)

The majority of our Presidents were lawyers (especially within the past 100 years) hence the propensity for them to become politicians.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

to VST | 12:59 p.m. Aug. 15, 2011

Including George Walker Bush (43) in your list of successful businessmen is not well taken. George Walker Bush put three companies down the toilet, and the only thing that kept him appearing "successful" was the fact that his father's cronies saved his hide each time Add to that the insider trading he did at Harken Oil, and it's clear that he is NOT the type of businessman who should make your list.

VST
Bountiful, UT

@Fury,

I am not endorsing this list - I am only providing it (from historical facts) for enlightement as to which Presidents were considered businessmen, successful or otherwise. Many (not me) would also not consider Harry Truman as being a successful businesman.

Don't shoot the messenger!

Sokol
Las Vegas, NM

Someone tell me why the newspapers, radio, and televison have banned Ron Paul.
He finished second in Iowa and gets not mention only cursory criticism..Are we that controlled by FOX news and the mainstream media that a strong, articulate man like Paul should be so shunned...Its like we are living under censorship to even mention the guy.
There are alot of Libertarians, Independents and even Republicans that share Paul's view on reintroducing the Gold Standard and end our stupid militarism around the world. Paul is right, we should have never gone to war in Iraq or Afghanistan...These interventions have enriched the Iraquis and Afghani's but bankrupted we Americans...Please stop your censorship of Paul...American are starting to catch on. The media has no business being the king maker.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Thanks to VST for the list. Might we add Hoover, a successful mining engineer? Anyway, my point was to show that business skills don't seem to cross over well to government leadership, at least not in the USA.

Brother Chuck Schroeder
A Tropical Paradise USA, FL

If you spent this weekend on a beach or at a barbecue, what you missed was the clearest set of signals we've had yet about the far-right, negative turn the Republican field is taking in this election.

This past weekend as Rick Perry entered the race, we watched Mitt Romney argue that "corporations are people" and Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul -- the two most extreme candidates in the field -- come out on top of the Iowa Straw poll. The Tea Party has all the momentum right now in the GOP primaries, and that's what knocked Tim Pawlenty out of this race. He quit on Sunday.

Disturbingly, the view in the media was that Pawlenty was too "nice" for the Republican voters and "didn't fit with an electorate who wanted confrontation with President Obama at all costs." In other words: You ain't seen nothing yet.

The actual Iowa caucuses are still a half year away, but as the field narrows it's become clear the next six months will feature a divisive cast of Republican candidates and produce a GOP nominee who's pledged allegiance to the Tea Party agenda.

Not one will win, except Obama for 4 more years.

Sokol
Las Vegas, NM

That is all you got...If we actually legalized and taxed marijuana use...We could bring down the deficit...Come on..2nd place and no mention...He is not part of the top tier...The words and forumulation of ideas without fact are the stuff of propaganda not journalism.

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