frontrowgentleman's comment history

Well-formed, intelligent quotes from the experienced CEO...

  • "I haven't studied his voting record that close"
  • "I'm sure we will when we get a little bit deeper into that sort of thing, but I'm going to say not really."
  • "I'm not going to talk about it because I think it's going OK (referring to our Defense budget)"
  • "I look forward to working with Jim Cooper because he sounds to me like somebody that's really great"

This is also pretty good...a candid statement on the record by a business professor who speaks in absolutes...

  • "Scottie's one of the few people I've ever met that have never lied, cheated or stolen, or even been unethical," said Danny Fisher, an adjunct business professor at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

  • Glad we are putting our confidence in Scottie Mayfield. He seems like a sharp man who will not only survive but thrive in the shark tank that Washington has become.

April 9, 2012 at 11:07 a.m.

@Marathon5454 - Haha no but when I meet him I might ask him to refer to me as that...after I grill him as to what he actually plans to do once elected.
Regarding nepotism, that is a tough issue and it seems that rarely can a candidate "benefiting" from nepotism make right in the public eye. For better or for worse, I am unburdened by a family business, whether it is brick-and-mortar or political. Just like how I cannot know what it is like to look at life through the lens of having a family, most of us cannot know what it is like to grow up with a relatively famous last name.
Regarding the specific case of Weston Wamp, if he truly feels called to serve and thinks that he can do a good job, why should he not leverage what resources his father can provide. Wouldn't we all do the same? Is his road a little easier than a "no-name" 25 year old who has the same aspirations? Sure, but it doesn't seem like he is coasting into office because of his last name, he will probably have to prove himself two-fold in order to get elected which in the end will probably be a good thing. I think if he was ten years older he might have this election "in the bag" but I would think even devout Zach Wamp supporters will not simply let a twenty-five-old through unquestioned. With age comes wisdom right?
Who knows though. We will all undoubtedly watch this play out over the coming months and hopefully we will be "lucky" enough to hear meaningful debates between the two candidates.

December 5, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.

@Gingerkid - There is certainly a lot to be said regarding the value that is obtained through years of personal/professional life experiences. Just as I can look back at myself several years ago and see how "far" I have come, I am sure in ten years, let alone next year, I will be able to do the same. I have learned quickly, and often the hard way, how little it is that I actually know and have experienced.
I still see this in certain scenarios as being a good thing, for several reasons. As we all "grow up" we become accustomed to certain things: security, steady income, time off, family time. While there is nothing inherently negative about any of these, they do tend to make people more risk adverse.
I believe this is one of the underlying reasons why most companies are started by twenty-year-olds and why innovation is largely attributed to younger generations. We have less to lose and are willing to take greater risks. I am not married and do not have kids, so this of course is my personal opinion, but I feel like it would be much harder to accomplish certain things when your primary concern is the safety and well-being of your family. While the family man/woman has certainly experienced life-events that I cannot fathom at this point in my life, I am willing to bet that priorities drastically change and "fighting for the people" takes a backseat to "providing steady income/security for your family." It can obviously be done, people do both everyday, but I think we all could be surprised by the relative effectiveness that younger people could bring to all forms of government from the top down.
This is and will always be an eternal debate, the know-it-all twenty somethings against our parents/elders/bosses/etc. I do not think there is necessarily a "correct" side though and there needs to be a balance, youthful thinkers working with experienced mentors. Hopefully this is not too much to ask for regarding our government. If the "Super Committee" cannot get things done, maybe it's time to start mixing things up a little bit. My two cents...

December 5, 2011 at 5:21 p.m.

The 112th Congress is among the oldest in history. There are a handful of thirty-somethings, several dozen forty-somethings. This does not sound like a healthy, proportionate balance. You want to talk about people being out of touch, show me a seventy-five year old Congressmen. There are more people in Congress over seventy then their are under forty. You all are probably right though, our current rationalizations seem to be correct and we should keep on keeping on. We aren't in that bad of shape yet are we? Stop "demonizing" youth as such a bad thing. Who starts innovative companies? Who thinks "outside the box"? Who is not afraid of change?

In summary, I continually find it ridiculous that time-and-again these elections are never about issues, ideas, and solutions. The primary is eight months away and it is already evident that this will turn ugly, quickly. Weston's "youth and inexperience" will serve as primary talking points again, and again, and again. We should be focusing on organizing moderated debates, public town-hall meetings, and challenging these candidates to provide feasible solutions to real problems. You all are probably right though, keep doing what your doing.
- a 25-year-old business owner, job creator, and status-quo hater

December 5, 2011 at 12:37 p.m.

The current average age for the House of Representatives is 57 years old. How has that worked for us? Are things getting accomplished? Are we happy? The (national) answer is no. Our Government has lost focus on what and who America really is... It's bigger than these "blue-collared farmers" that every candidate talks about and who's mythical vote they are constantly seeking. Well, sorry for the bitter pill but it is not 1875 anymore. America is more than ever about youth, especially as we face problems and issues that the older generations simply do not understand, because they cannot relate.
Most of you probably still laugh about the incredible effects of social media (Egypt), the rapidly approaching future of robotics (Driver-less cars now legal in Nevada), the near-future ability to print organs (and gold, and oil). No, you all are probably right though, God forbid we elect one person into congress that doesn't have an MBA and ten years experience working at some miserable firm getting crushed by this abstract "real-world" experience that is spoken so highly of. No, it probably is safer to elect another 50 year old to weigh in on these monumental issues while at the same time struggling to figure out their new smartphone.
Be honest with yourselves for one minute. Do you really think you are a better person because you are Manager / Junior Partner somewhere? You probably wish you could forget most of the things you have learned/seen and remember what it was like to be that naive twenty-five year old that still wanted to make a difference. No, you all are probably right though, us twenty-somethings should probably spend the next decade being mentored by you all who were in turn mentored by the same people that have a 9% approval rating. We don't need change...
With all of that being said, values are obviously important and we need a proportionate "old guard" to instill respect and tradition in younger generations. Twenty somethings still have a lot to learn from their elders just like thirty and forty somethings still do. Life is a continual learning process that doesn't magically end once somebody reaches ten years experience which the public has apparently deemed the required minimum experience level. Our forefathers decided that a twenty-five year old has enough experience to serve in the House of Representatives, but you all are probably right, Weston needs more time to "learn" when he could be serving his constituents in literally what doctors would refer to as the prime of one's life. You want a personable, public-facing, approachable Congressmen who works eighty-hour weeks? Yea, Chuck is your better bet... Weston is probably reading Reader's Digest right now before a 4:30 dinner. If only he had more experience...

December 5, 2011 at 12:35 p.m.

The front row gentleman in question was trying to get some real work done after three hours of delays, technical difficulties, and what felt like 30 NPO pitches.

Also on a side note, multi-tasking is in fact something that's real.

November 14, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.

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