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16 March 2012



What a weird U.S. electoral campaign… apparently the quotations (or non-quotations) of Rutherford B. Hayes has become a hot topic. No mention though of his eminent place in the pantheon of Latin American heroes.

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  1. Allen permalink
    16 March 2012 8:00 am

    So, Rutherford “Gabby” Hayes, may have developed a distaste for the telephone. Many have. But Barack “Barry” O’Bama keeps his Blackberry handy (NO! he threw it away?) Of course these are non-issues, Obama is a shoe in, therefore he should use some of the millions in campaign donations, flowing from Hollywood to improve school systems in the US of A.
    What a campaign booster that would be !

    • 16 March 2012 9:21 pm

      It’s hard to imagine a more uninformed response or better evidence of being unable to comprehend the meaning in the linked article.

      Yes, improving our school systems would be a great benefit to our nation, but with only about one billion total expected to be spent in this election (well, who knows, now with SuperPACs, right? but still…), education was the recipient of approximately $875.9 Billion in Federal, State and Local government spending in 2011 ( ), that one billion wouldn’t be a drop in the ocean, at 0.1% of necessary spending.

      Obama’s point was that looking backward instead of forward is always an obstacle to progress. Unfortunately, the example used (Hayes) was not correct, because it turns out that Hayes loved the phone when he first experienced it, describing it as “wonderful.”

      If we’re going to start holding minor factual mistakes to be major decision points in the measurement of qualifications to become president of the USA, the Republican clown car carrying those primary candidates has long passed the point of no-return in factual errors of a much more pertinent nature.

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