The Toughest Job in the World

Whitewater Development Corporation’s policy for handling default payments on properties it had sold was to resell the property.   After making a $3,000.00 down payment on a particular plot of land and paying $250.00 per month for 36 months, subsequently missing one or two payments because of illness, your $12,000.00 investment toward a $14,000.00 purchase was forfeited to the Whitewater Development Corporation and your property was sold to someone else.   When Hillary Clinton promises to protect us from predatory banking and mortgage policy, she knows exactly what she’s talking about.   She has firsthand experience as the predator.

In her Pennsylvania victory speech she proclaimed the United States Presidency The toughest job in the world.


I wonder how that proclamation sits with those seven reactor engineers aboard K-19 who had to weld up an emergency cooling apparatus for their submarine’s primary coolant system when a major leak in that system required a SCRAM and the primary coolant pumps were damaged unusable in 1961.   The seven men saved the ship but all were dead within a week from radiation exposure.

I wonder what our brave men and women fighting overseas risking their lives each and every day venturing to bring Middle East democracy and freedom think about Hillary’s insistence that she is about to embrace the toughest job in the world as their Commander in Chief?

Maybe Hillary ought tune into Deadliest Catch on the History Channel and explain how President is so much tougher than recovering crab traps with a rope and a hook, riding the rail on a fishing boat violently pitching in the rough Bering Sea in below freezing weather where one wrong move could send you over the side and dead within minutes from hyperthermia.

Hillary’s work experience, comprising the writing of legal notes to assist executives like James McDougall to defraud his bank (and the taxpayers insuring the bank’s funds) millions of dollars might explain her delusions that President is the toughest job, but she can’t recognize it tougher to fly jet fighters into hostile territory, get shot down, captured, tortured, and confined to a POW camp for five years?

I’ve got seven molding presses that need to keep running twenty-four hours a day.   To keep those presses running, you need to maintain the ambient water cooling system, the chilled water system, thermolators to provide heated water, the vacuum system to deliver raw material to the presses, the dryers which remove moisture from the raw materials before processing, and a compressed air system to control the vacuum system and other auxiliaries.   You need to keep the right stock of raw materials and packaging components, maintain labor and importantly keep it happy; handle all of the federal, state, and local requirements for tax and waste disposal.   Then there is the special pleasure trying to conform to the esoteric and ridiculous demands bureaucrat created only to generate additional revenue for a specific government agency.   In between you’ve got to get work and get paid, and do it all while making a profit (I realize many Democrats don’t understand what profit is for, but suffice to say, without one the enterprise ceases to exist as do jobs and tax revenues).

I’m not going to tell you my job is all that tough, but if Hillary Clinton could do it for a week without whining I’d vote for her!   I’m positive I’d be more successful as President than she’d be as plant manager.

It’s not that President might not be a tough job, or a highly stressful job, but doesn’t anybody ever tire of the relentless sanctimonious rhetoric embraced by these politicians?   Not a single one of the three candidates for President has ever been responsible for the continuous operation of a business, to maintain a profitability, to adhere to and  satisfy regulatory control, to work within a budget and succeed, yet they are ready to tell us all how to do it, and manage the framework that creates the machinery we must use within private enterprise to keep America’s economy chugging along.

The President of the United States has hundreds of assistants, analysts, and managers at his disposal supported by a huge budget.   The job comprises consulting with this plethora to decide whether or not to sign or veto congressional bills and to encourage law makers to embrace specific policy initiatives.   Tough!

Of course if your name is Clinton you create the added bonus of continuous scandal that requires frequent defense adding unnecessary stress to the job.

After all is done, if our President really screws up big he just defers to the taxpayers who diligently pick up the tab, guarantee him a real good pension package, and indenture him to an afterlife of book deals and speaking engagements only worth a hundred million or so.  

The toughest job in the world?!?   Real tough!


Copyright 2008 Jim Pontillo