[ExI] Is unemployment the future?
mlatorra at gmail.com
Sat Nov 7 19:46:26 UTC 2009
In our system of tripartite government structure, our presidents do not
wield the same unchecked power that the Chinese leaders do. The US Congress
(mostly lawyers) and the Supereme Court (entirely lawyers) can block, undo,
or dillute whatever a president proposes to do.
In the case of President Carter, we had a man who understood the long-term
energy problem and tried to take steps to avert it. He had solar panels
installed on the roof of the White House.
"In 1977, Carter convinced the Democratic Congress to create the United
States Department of Energy (DoE) with the goal of conserving energy. Carter
also signed the National Energy Act (NEA) and the Public Utilities
Regulatory Policy Act (PURPA). The purpose of these watershed laws was to
encourage energy conservation and the development of national energy
resources, including renewables such as wind and solar energy." (from
In the case of President Hoover, we had a man who eschewed the engineer's
penchant for design and process control, opting instead for minimal
government the time of the Great Depression, when precisely the opposite was
needed. Hoover acted too-little like an engineer when he most needed to.
"President Hoover's stance on the economy was based largely on volunteerism.
>From before his entry to the presidency, he was a proponent of the concept
that public-private cooperation was the way to achieve high long-term
growth. Hoover feared that too much intervention or coercion by the
government would destroy individuality and self-reliance, which he
considered to be important American values. Both his ideals and the economy
were put to the test with the onset of The Great Depression. At the outset
of the Depression, Hoover claims in his memoirs that he rejected Treasury
Secretary Mellon's suggested "leave-it-alone" approach. Critics, such as
liberal economist Paul Krugman, who wrote *The Conscience of a Liberal*,
contend that Hoover shared Mellon's laissez-faire viewpoint." (from
On Sat, Nov 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM, spike <spike66 at att.net> wrote:
> ...On Behalf Of Michael LaTorra
> I'd like to see more scientists and engineers in our government,
> rather than the lawyers and bankers who control the United States of
> Mike LaTorra
> Mike I would agree in principle, but our experience with it so far has been
> mostly bad. We have had two presidents which could properly be credited
> with a background in engineering and sciences: Herbert Hoover and Jimmy
> Carter. Both were failures.
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