Brian Gongol Show on WHO Radio - November 8, 2015

Brian Gongol

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This week

History may not repeat, but it does rhyme

Russia just effectively airlifted 11,000 vacationers home from Egypt in response to the apparent terrorist attack that brought down one of their airliners.

Nobody's saying we're on the brink of world war, but history does not have good things to say about periods when international trade and openness are suddenly disrupted by acts of violence and speedy closure of the lanes of trade and travel.

Getting the right people into office

Another couple of Presidential debates are coming up -- the Republicans on Tuesday and the Democrats here in Des Moines on Saturday. In the process of this campaign, it occasionally becomes obvious that some candidates are utterly unfit for service in the White House.

If we're unsatisfied with the choices available, we ought to ask ourselves: What are the real obstacles to getting the smartest, most motivated people into high office? What keeps a Bill Gates or a Neil Tyson from serving?

Tin Foil Hat Award

Yay Capitalism Prize

Quote of the Week

"I wish wellmeaning sensible Men would not lessen their Power of doing Good by a Positive assuming Manner that seldom fails to disgust, tends to create Opposition, and to defeat every one of those Purposes for which Speech was given us" - Benjamin Franklin

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