Sachs for President?

by on August 28, 2006 at 7:56 am in Political Science | Permalink

In my Inbox this morning:

Today the Sachs for President Draft Committee formally issued a call for Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University to run for president of the United States of America…

Victoria Zyp, a member of the board of directors of the Draft Committee, said…"We are confident that as more Americans learn about Professor Sachs’  work and qualifications, they are going to agree that he should be our next president.  People are tired of politics as usual, and Professor Sachs is the kind of brilliant and dedicated individual that could put America back on a track," stated campaign volunteer Reema Hijazi….

The Sachs for President Draft Committee is a registered not-for-profit corporation dedicated to drafting Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs to run for President in 2008.  The organization maintains no affiliation with Professor Sachs, nor is it aligned with any political party or organization.  More information… at www.sachsforpresident.org.

We could will do a lot worse.

Jacqueline August 28, 2006 at 8:23 am

I looked at their website and in the section where they encourage people to send him e-mails asking him to run they say, “…we believe it is best to make your email short and sweet. As you know, Dr. Sachs is quite busy trying to save the world and we do not want to excessively burden him.”

Mine:

Dear Professor Jeffrey Sachs,

You would almost certainly suck less than our other likely choices for president. Please run.

Thank you,

Jacqueline Passey

Alas, their e-mail form seems to be broken…

J. August 28, 2006 at 11:05 am

I would like to see you, Tyler, as president.

Eli August 28, 2006 at 11:56 am

I think I would rather have a random person out of the phonebook as President than Jeff Sachs.

Chi August 28, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Wouldn’t an economist need too much justification, too many studies, and too much data to get anything done? I get the feeling that a lot of being president is just flying by the seat of your pants. Maybe that’s not true, though.

David Zetland August 28, 2006 at 4:58 pm

Why downsize his ambitions from saving the world to saving (merely) the US? There is an upside, however: If Sachs screws up the whole world with silly mega projects, there will be no country left for refugees. If he only screws up the US, then we have more choices :)

PK August 29, 2006 at 3:34 am

In the Eastern Europe, Sachs is often viewed as a ruthless and cynic bastard who intentionally corrupted the privatization process in Russia. Not that I’d completely share this view, but his record is less than excellent.

michael vassar August 29, 2006 at 4:32 pm

Smarter than Jefferson, the Adamses, or Theodore Roosevelt Joe? I don’t think so.
Still, a big step above the average.

srp September 1, 2006 at 8:31 pm

Joe is wrong. We need more “just bomb them” thinking, not less.

I have little doubt that Sachs’s intellectual vanity would allow him to be manipulated by all sorts of people who sounded smart and authoritative, including military adventurers, so maybe he would be okay. On the other hand, his wrong-headed views about development economcis make me think he would also be a soft touch for lots of counterproductive domestic intervention policies, which would be bad.

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