Ken Collins: Let's talk about business experience and presidents


In Gary Hofmeister’s column (“Clueless in DC,” Sept. 12 Steamboat Pilot & Today), he mentions President Barack Obama’s lack of business experience. Let’s talk business experience and presidents. Hofmeister mentioned that it’s not unusual for lacking such experience in the executive office. But our past president did have some. Before governing Texas and after his stellar career in the Texas Air National Guard, George W. Bush owned two oil companies that went bankrupt. He then bought the Texas Rangers baseball team and nearly ran that aground. He was rescued from that by a buyout from a Texas businessman who miraculously and coincidentally received several state construction contracts when Bush later became governor. Now, how you can fail at oil and baseball in the state of Texas is a question for the ages. But then, when Bush was president, he, with help, ran America nearly into the ground. At least Bush was consistent. 


David Ihde 6 years, 6 months ago

There were alot of people who went bankrupt in the Texas oil patch in those days. That is how I bought my house so cheap here in Steamboat. So your argument on this subject is specious at best.

I also find no evidence that Bush ran the Rangers into the ground. That is just rumors run amok. Indeed a recent ( May 2010 ) Huffington Post article states the teams cash flow problems started in 2005. That is quite awhile after he sold the team and became President.

While Bush did not control spending as President, he did get the economy going after inheriting a mild recession and then having 9-11 dropped into his lap. Obama? Exploded spending, took over car companies and continued and expanded all the bad things of the Bush administration. The common denominator? Both are Liberal Progressive's. One was just going a little slower than the other.

David Ihde Libertarian


seeuski 6 years, 6 months ago

Good response to the continuance of the Obama Bush bashing tactics. It won't work this November or November 2012.


Brian Kotowski 6 years, 6 months ago

Paul Ryan, on Good Morning America today:

"We [the GOP] need to own up to the fact that when we were in the majority, we spent too much money. We lost our way."

That, in a nutshell, is what encapsulates the tea party.


sledneck 6 years, 6 months ago

2 years later and still hung up on what Buuuuuuuuuuuusssshhhhh did. Like a 3 year-old. "But Heeeee started it mommy". It's ok that we suck cause someone else sucked first? If thats leadership...


Sheila Weekly 6 years, 5 months ago

GOP - that stands for Grand Old Party - correct. What is so grand about it...


pitpoodle 6 years, 5 months ago

What so grand about the GOP? It's not the Democrat party!


1999 6 years, 5 months ago

you people are freaking idiots.

"it's the dems fault" "It's the repubs fault"

sweet jesus could you all pull your heads out and realise we really are in a world of hurt right now because of POLITICIANS.

and guess who keeps reelecting the same jerks?

you idiots continue to argue about Dems did this repubs did that and you are complete fools who desearve what you get.

no wonder we are where we are.,....

you IDIOT VOTERS WHO CONTINUE to think that your party is all sqeaky clean and the other party is thugs.



sadly...your idiotic ramblings about dem vs repub is repeated through out the land.

please...just stop voting.

Thanks a lot!


pitpoodle 6 years, 5 months ago

1999, maybe you'll tell us how you really feel.


sledneck 6 years, 5 months ago

1999 is right. Most of the electorate should stop voting. Since they won't do it voluntarily we should set some ground rules for who votes. If I could go first I would say: 1. Don't bother showing up at the polls without a tax return. 2. Bring a valid US I.D. Ditto for when you show up at a US bank to wire $$$ abroad. 3. Don't come to vote if you recieved welfare, food stamps, are delinquint on your student loans,etc.

As long as we're on the exclusionary subject here's a few more: 1. If you ARE on welfare prepare to pee in a cup when you show up for your next check. 2. Ditto for anyone who holds public office or wants to. 3. Can you say "POLYGRAPH"? Everyone who holds public office should be made INTIMATELY familiar with 'em. (have you executed your official duties for the betterment of society?... Those sort of questions)

Till we demand THAT sort of quality from politicians and those who elect them we can expect more of the same.


JLM 6 years, 5 months ago

Pres Obama's lack of business experience is not enough, the guy HATES business and businessmen. He loathes them.

Who in their right mind makes war against the Chamber of Commerce?

This is fundamentally why the country has no job creation currently. Pres Obama cannot bring himself to simply ask --- what policies could we adopt which would actually create some jobs?

This vanity is not just limited to jobs and business.

Pres Obama has anointed a new Nat Sec Advisor who --- until last week --- had NEVER been to Afghanistan. The guy's rep is based upon being a "great paper pusher".

Feel more secure?

This is amateur hour in the White House and the hour, thank goodness, is almost up.


John Fielding 6 years, 5 months ago


If you want a President who has a great deal of very successful business experience at the highest levels of American industry there is one man who is running for office again this time around, Mitt Romney. You can get some good information from his website, , but that also contains a lot of the kind of fluff that political boosters enjoy. For just the meat and potatoes read the book, "No Apology, The Case For American Greatness".

It is a pity that he is running as a Republican, he should be an independent under a reform party banner, but he is above all a realist, and would not take such a direction as it would not have a very good expectation for success.

His specialty was taking corporations that were failing and getting them on track for success. There is probably not a better resume to qualify for the president we need now.



seeuski 6 years, 5 months ago

People need to stop giving a hoot if there is a D or an R beside a candidates name and vote for those who will use the Constitution as their guide, unlike our current Administration. Not all R's would fit and most D's would fail that test. It is just the way it is that the Progressives targeted the D's years ago and have control of that party and especially the WH.

And now we have the President targeting the Chamber of Commerce with false and baseless accusations of receiving foreign donations for the elections. Are you kidding me? This POTUS has the cueballs to make that claim against our business leaders? I could put link after link on here showing how POTUS received huge amounts of cash from the Middle East and especially George Soros money. ACORN was involved with an $800,000 infusion of cash that wash washed and the media ignored it. In my life I have never seen the Oval Office abused like this and the honor that the office of POTUS usually carries spat upon with such contempt. Saul Alinsky would be proud.


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