Jan 31 2014

Obama and Dreams From America’s Founders

(4 pm. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Here is a study in juxtaposition for your consideration:

“The science of government it is my duty to study, more than all other sciences; the arts of legislation and administration and negotiation ought to take the place of, indeed exclude, in a manner, all other arts. I must study politics and war, that our sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. Our sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry and porcelain.”

— John Adams

Obama takes a shot at a key part of his base – art history majors

During an event at a GE gas engine plant, the president emphasized that Americans would be better off if more of them could work in the manufacturing industry.

“Manufacturing jobs typically pay well,” he said. “We want to encourage more of them.”

And while some young people might not think of the skilled trades as a lucrative career, Obama added, they can probably earn more “than they might than [with] an art history degree.”


  1. that manufacturing jobs have not only been hugely outsourced to countries with a cheaper (and even more exploitable) labor force, but that automation and robotics are quickly taking over much of the need for humans in these jobs?

    Does he know what is much more difficult to automate?

    Why, that would be things like philosophy, literature, poetry, painting, crafts, music……and art history.  You know, things that make us human and that lift our spirits and elevate our souls.

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