“When we take a position that isn’t willing to embrace evolution, when we take a position that basically runs counter to what 98 of 100 climate scientists have said, what the National Academy of Science has said about what is causing climate change and man’s contribution to it, I think we find ourselves on the wrong side of science, and, therefore, in a losing position,”
“we actually were willing to shun science and become a party that was antithetical to science. I’m not sure that’s good for our future and it’s not a winning formula,”
A little over two weeks ago I wrote, excitedly, about a potential Republican candidate for president in 2012. Jon Huntsman had resigned as Ambassador to China and started an exploratory committee to seek the GOP nomination. Huntsman seems to have the right credentials for a Republican nod, but a few on the right are already criticizing both his cozy ties with Obama and China. I have pretty much given up on having another Ronald Reagan at the helm of the Republican Party and because I live in Pennsylvania with its late primary election date, the candidates are usually chosen. Huntsman or perhaps more for me his father seemed a likely middle ground.
A few days ago I lamented about the weak slate of Republican presidential candidates lining up to take on Obama’s projected billion dollar war chest. There has been an intriguing development in the arena as former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman has entered the fray. Real Clear Politics has reported that Mr. Huntsman has formed a Political Action Committee to explore a potential run against Obama since he resigned his ambassadorship. Mr. Huntsman has an impressive resume before serving as Utah’s governor he worked in the Reagan, Bush 1, Bush 2, and Obama administrations. He also had a solid record as a businessman working for the Huntsman Corporation (started by his father).
Machiavelli’s The Prince is famous a written “instructions” to his superiors about how to rule effectively and often brutally. Many believe that Machiavelli was the brute, but he was really just the man behind the throne trying to avoid the fate (often death) of unstable rulers.
“…you’re doomed. Doomed to the middle. Doomed to be one of those who are acted upon, not one of those who act. That’s all right. We can take care of that. This book will take you by the shoulders, shake you, and make you begin to live your sorry life differently. To take stock of a situation and ask yourself, before you act: What would Machiavelli do? And the answer, in almost all cases, is: Whatever is necessary.”
When my son was looking at business colleges, we had the pleasure of talking to the chairman of one of the programs after he gave a talk about business ethics classes. While the university requires that all business students attend ethics classes, he thought that the need for them was limited. He said that if you don’t act ethically in business, you will not last in business. The word about your character gets out and people will not deal with you.
What do you call two-dozen lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?
A good start!
I went to college to become an engineer a long time ago. As I look back at my first job when I got out of college, I wasn’t really prepared to do engineering. Not long after I started, I was given an assignment to design a structure for a bridge for a proposal. I spent the next six hours doing as I was taught in school. By the end of the day I turned in my design. My boss took my pages and reviewed the design and began laughing. Not reaction that I was hoping for and not a great confidence builder.