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Oct 11, 2004

At 8:47 PM, October 11, 2004, Blogger Dylan said...

I think the problem of not getting the best and brightest minds of the generation running has more to do with the fact that those kinds of minds make SO much more money in the private sector than they could ever make in Public Service... throw in that, in public service, your every move is criticized, it either takes a unethical person, or the worst kind of masochist to deal with it.

At 8:50 AM, October 12, 2004, Blogger Ty said...

Well, I agree to an extent, but I think there are plenty of people who have the minds and aren't as concerned about the money. I have a couple of friends who are certainly some of the brightest people I know and they are in non-profit or low paying careers because it was more of what they wanted to do. They are also humble people who do not seek the spotlight.

I would venture to guess that we haven't had altruistic leaders since the Mid 1800s (and I am sure someone will be rudely offended by that statement). Once the industrial revolution allowed people to move around more freely and have faster access to information, the presidential position took on a new power and created more celebrity. Between the celebrity and the public scrutiny, it requires a very interesting sort of person to run for president.


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