Former Vermont governor Howard Dean verbally strafed Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, and referred to Walker as “unknowledgeable” because Governor Walker did not complete requirements to receive a college degree. From Real Clear Politics:
“The issue here is not just an issue of dancing around the question of evolution for political reasons, the issue is how well educated is this guy? And that’s a problem.”
Mr. Dean: Why is the level of education in elected officials problematic?
There is a fundamental tenant among the elites which influences the electorate to think that our elected officials or those seeking office are obliged to be college graduates. Washington, Jackson, van Buren, William Henry Harrison, Taylor, Fillmore, Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Cleveland, McKinley and Truman all achieved varying degrees of success during their presidency. Although some are more highly regarded than others, none of those occupants of the Oval Office completed college.
Bill Gates did not finish college and no one can doubt his success, industriousness or contributions to the technology industry.
Will critics of candidates demand submission of an ACT score or academic records as a prerequisite for elected office in the future? With this country trillions in debt, perhaps voters should demand more accountants in Congress or the White House.[Bloomberg] [Real Clear Politics] [Gallup]