Poll of the Day - Bill Gates for president?

Poll of the Day - Bill Gates for president?

Summary: Scott Adams has a real knack for coming out with things that really make people think. Over the weekend he came out with the following bombshell on the Dilbert Blog:"I think that in an election cycle or two you will see an atheist business leader emerge as a legitimate candidate for president. And his name will be Bill Gates."

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It's not Friday but this one is too good to pass up on!

Scott Adams has a real knack for coming out with things that really make people think.  Over the weekend he came out with the following bombshell on the Dilbert Blog:

I think that in an election cycle or two you will see an atheist business leader emerge as a legitimate candidate for president. And his name will be Bill Gates.

By then, Bill Gates will have done so much good for the world through his charitable works that combined with his business success he’ll appear more qualified than any other candidate. His early bachelor life and some of his business practices will come back to haunt him if he runs, but he can still win with this simple slogan: “Who would you rather have on your side?” He’ll confess to all of his past imperfections and say that presidents are poor choices for role models. He’ll advise you to look to your parents for role models while you let him run the country.

I doubt Bill Gates is considering a run for president right now, largely because it’s so hard to make a difference from that job. His charities will have more impact. But I think he’ll someday realize that the world needs a rational thinker in the top spot and no one else can win.

At least you’d know he wouldn’t be in it for the money or to speed up the Rapture. He has my vote.

Given the impact that Bill Gates has had on the computing industry (and no matter what you think of him or of Microsoft, you can't deny that he's had a huge impact), I'm interested in what people who move in tech circles think about this.

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Topic: Tech Industry

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  • He's better off out of office

    Given his wealth, Gates can probably do more good for the world if he stays out of office. Once elected, he becomes part of a highly restricted machine, filled with checks and balances, corruption, compromised agendas. If he remains a free agent, he gets to do what he wants, especially because he can pay for it himself, rather than asking Congress for funds.

    That said, I don't understand the appeal of a big businessman as a leader for our country. Sticking with Gates as your example, yes, he did do a great job with Microsoft, but really, who was he helping out there? Big money corporations, and wealthy stockholders were the beneficiaries of his actions. The rest of us, the voting public, were never the recipients of the benefits of Microsoft's successes. MS continually compromised our user experience. Moving our computing ability forward was never MS' priority--selling us things and profiting was their priority.

    So why would you trust someone on the basis of that? Why do you think they could switch their priorities from furthering the corporations and the wealthy stockholders to looking out for the interests of the common man?
    tic swayback
    • Your view of Mr. Gates is

      very one dimensional. And trust me when I say the man has many, many dimensions. The very fact he has stated in public that he wants to GIVE AWAY all his wealth before dying does not fit with your one dimensional view point.
      No_Ax_to_Grind
      • Easy tiger,

        Even Non Zealot is less emotional in his zealotry.
        Tigertank
      • Did you read what I wrote?

        Uh, go back and read it again. I stated that Gates can do much more good for the world by staying out of office. I'm part of an AIDS education project funded by the Gates Foundation. Trust me, I'm familiar with their philanthropy.

        The point was not to bag on Gates, but to bag on the concept that being a CEO of a huge soul-crushing corporation somehow made one qualified to be president. The point was to illustrate how the priorities of such offices are quite different.
        tic swayback
        • Are they all that different

          In the CEO position the CEO is accountable to the stockholders. In politics your accountable to the voters. In effect the voters are your stockholders. They have a lot of money invested in the form of taxes that they expect the president and elected officials to do good with.
          voska
          • Who are politicians beholden to?

            Are they really accountable to the voters? Or are they more likely to favor the Haliburtons and the big contributors to their campaigns? Perhaps the two are very similar, a CEO screws over the public and his employees to make more money for his stockholders. A president screws over the public to make more money for his contributors.

            So, while a good fit for the current job, it's not something we should be encouraging.
            tic swayback
          • Who's fault is that?

            When people don't vote and don't pay attention to what's going on things like this happen.

            I think it's the same in both worlds. Oddly enough most politicians are businessmen. Could be that's why government screws the public just like business ' that screw over employees and stockholders. Could closer attention paid by the stockholder have prevented things like Enron and Worldcom?
            voska
          • Acquisitions

            Alright, I'm sorry, but I have to interject. I am an acquisition officer for the Department of Defense. I know how the process works for awarding contracts and the Haliburtan contract was competed fairly like all others. Neither the President, nor the Vice President has the ability to interject. I am getting so sick of correcting people about this silly political nonsense. I don't know who started the Haliburton thing, but they obviously didn't know what they were talking about and now everyone repeats it without any understanding of the acquisition career field.
            max.yates@...
      • What is he giving?

        We here all this talk about him giving. Where? Prove it!!! Seeing is believing!!!!
        x42
      • He has also said

        he wants to own the Information Age. Add one more dimension.
        999ad@...
    • Hate to tell you this...

      But Governments are run just like businesses. The only problem is everyone is a shareholder(citizens). Government have to balance their books just ike any business and make money just like any business. The only difference is a government makes money is by raising taxes. If Bill Gates is as a shrewd businessman as he is with Microsoft, I bet he would do a nice job of running the government. I am pretty sure he will make sure that the money are being spent on what is really important and cut out the fat.
      lenohere
      • Theoretically, yes, in practice, no way.

        ---Government have to balance their books just ike any business and make money just like any business---

        Wow, where do you live? Certainly not in the United States. Does the word "deficit" mean anything to you? Given the patronage and the pork barrel politics that infest our government, it's kind of like a company that only does things in the interests of a few top stockholders, while lessening the value of the holdings of the lesser stockholders.

        And I have a hard time with the metaphor in general. In business, you're competing against other businesses, you win, they lose. You take advantage of the market and customers to benefit your stockholders. Do you want this country to be run as if we were competing with every other nation out there on every single subject? Does the UK have to "lose" for us to get something out of our relationship with them? Isn't it better to cooperate and build coalitions than to crush other possible competitors?
        tic swayback
        • RE:

          --------Government have to balance their books just ike any business and make money just like any business---

          Wow, where do you live? Certainly not in the United States. Does the word "deficit" mean anything to you?-------

          What he said is true, but that US gov't is not a very good balancer :-) is something different

          -------And I have a hard time with the metaphor in general. In business, you're competing against other businesses, you win, they lose---------

          That's an over simplification, many businesses are not related to other, and in other cases many businesses are "partners" (yes! Even Apple and MS have partners!). Your analogy seems to imply that every existent business is competing against each other which is not the case and that's why USA does not have to win over the UK, they can be partners or they can divide half of the world for each :D (an idea which I am pretty sure they will agree with)
          markbn
    • Gates for President?

      Well, I don't see how I could possibly vote for him, but I think you may be examining this from the wrong perspective. Have you looked at the work he's been doing through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation? Check out <http://www.gatesfoundation.org/default.htm>
      to learn more about this. Gates has funded more educational and medical initiatives in the Third World than most nations have. Not interested in helping the common man (0r woman or child)? The record thus far says otherwise.
      vizenos
  • Bill Gates for president?

    I think it would be the right chioce if we are to continue in the technological vain that the country is moving in, it would help our journey into space and deep space exploreration, also funding for nanotechnology in health services, more efficiant travel i.e. maglifts, ramjets, electric vehicles, computerized solar homes, causing less dependace on fossil fuels thus inproving air quality and the general health of all, there would defenitly be some advantages to making him president.
    raideen513@...
  • Bill gates, or hugh Hefner

    Lets see...

    1. Everyone wishes they were him, even bill gates.
    2. If they aren't him, they want to go to his house and live forever.
    3. I hate suits and could definately go with the robe movement.
    4. He's on TV with 3 women....and they are all happy.
    5. Everyone has heard of him, and we all love him.

    Bill Gates the democratic seat.
    Hugh Hefner the Liberal Seat.
    Arnold S the republican Seat
    P. Diddy the green party.

    IT WOULD BE ONE HELL OF AN ELECTION.
    hector@...
    • Normally only hear of 2 or 3...

      so, you can forget P. Diddy... and you'd probably STILL have Ralph Nader running, too.
      shryko
  • no

    Some practical person, a problem solver? Perhaps. Bill Gates? No.
    CobraA1
    • ROFL

      So you think starting from nothing and building the world's largest software company didn't come with problems for Gates to solve? Are you really that blinded by your zealotry?
      No_Ax_to_Grind
  • Yeah, an oil rich Texan would be better...

    Or hey, how about an old, out of work actor?
    No_Ax_to_Grind