Experience Counts

Read this today and thought I would pass along. Interesting data, food for thought.

A recent “Investor’s Business Daily” article provided very interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:

  • U.S.             75%
  • England     46%
  • Canada      42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:

  • U.S.             93%
  • England     15%
  • Canada       41%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:

  • U.S.            90%
  • England     15%
  • Canada      40%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who sees one within one month:

  • U.S.             79%
  • England     40%
  • Canada       41%

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in “excellent health”:

  • U.S.            14%
  • England     2%
  • Canada      6%

And last but not least

The percentage of each past president’s cabinet who had worked in the private business sector prior to appointment to the cabinet.

T. Roosevelt……….     38%

Taft………………….     40%

Wilson ……………..     52%

Harding……………..     49%

Coolidge…………….     48%

Hoover ……………..    42%

F. Roosevelt………..    50%

Truman………………    50%

Eisenhower…………     57%

Kennedy…………….    30%

Johnson……………..    47%

Nixon………………..    55%

Ford………………….    42%

Carter………………..    31%

Reagan………………    56%

GH Bush……………..    57%

Clinton ……………       39%

GW Bush…………….    58%

And the winner is:

Obama………………… 8%

That’s right! Only eight percent; the least, by far, of the last 19 presidents. And these people are trying to tell our big corporations how to run their business? They know what’s best for GM, Chrysler, WallStreet, and you and me?

How can the president of a major nation and society, the one with the most successful economic system in world history, stand and talk about business when he’s never worked for one? Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And it’s the same for 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers. They’ve spent most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit jobs or as “community organizers.”

5 thoughts on “Experience Counts

  1. Dude,

    DId you look at 58% number aganist the failure we had from 2001-2008? That 58% took us down hard and gave a mini depression. Or perhaps you want to look at 39% from Clinton which took us up. 8% stopped the bleeding.

    Lesson: You are reading too much into the numbers. I am sure you know IBD’s agenda and this fits the narrative.

    I dont like Obama for various other reasons. This is not one of them. I work for a corporation; on wall street no less; I cant imagine trusting corporations with the country.

  2. The great thing about information today is this: There is so much of it, so much that proves/disproves other data, and is readily accessible by so many different means. For me I find that it is important to take it all in, digest it, and decide for myself what the data is really telling me. In this instance, I find it to be a glaring gap between each presidency in terms of how much the supporting staff has as far as real business experience. No doubt this matters, no doubt this is partly why the issues remain unresolved with no real solutions in sight. None.
    One person sent me a nice clean statement on this: “Those that can, do. Those that can’t, teach”.

  3. i agree with what you have written.

    I just think the conclusion from IBD numbers is incorrect. Unless we want a repeat of previous 8 years, we should be looking for lower corporate participation in running the country. We should be learning from the past and not repeating the mistakes.

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