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5 Engineers: Why do so few engineers enter politics?

-November 09, 2012

In a recent 5 Engineers post — part of this blog and our Fun Friday newsletter, where we toss out a question and invite our audience to respond with their wittiest answers — we asked: Who is better for engineering and tech: Obama or Romney? Post your thoughts here.

Based on the responses, I imagine many of the folks who read this blog were not happy with the results of Tuesday’s US presidential election.

Many strong opinions were voiced in response to the question and some smart debates are ongoing in the post’s comments section.

I’ve mentioned before that prior to joining the editorial team at EDN, I covered politics. One of the reasons I left was because I needed to work with, how can I say this … smarter people.

Overall, engineers are not only more intelligent but more resourceful, socially responsible, and broader thinkers than any of the people whose paths I crossed while on the politics beat. Wouldn’t it be great to see more of that in our nation’s leaders?

Engineers could do a better job governing but don’t run for office often. Given the savvy comments posted on Obama vs Romney, I’m wondering why. That brings us to this week’s question: Why do so few engineers enter politics?

Post your short, constructive answer below. Be sure to stay tuned to this blog for more 5 Engineers questions in the weeks to come.

Also see:
5 Engineers: Who is better for engineering and tech: Obama or Romney?

Ignore politics at your peril

5 tech points the presidential debate missed

McCain or Obama: Who's better for tech?

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