Education, National Debt…and G.O.A.T.?

Dear Rundown Reader,

Our first contributor shares all he ever learned in college:

“I went to college to break into industrial sales because my employer only cared about two things [concerning] a degree: (1) I could and (2) I did.

“A summer job and part-time winter job paid the bills.

“The single most important lesson learned in college was: to succeed in business, condense the important facts into one paragraph of three sentences max, a skill that took me to the top in my discipline.”

And…that was three sentences.

We disagree — that’s not all our reader learned. He worked and paid for his own degree. An education in itself.

Another reader says he chose a different educational path for his family…

“All my children were homeschooled. All can read, write and know history (not revised). All are ardent libertarian thinkers. All are college educated.

“We sacrificed much so they would be equipped for the future.

“They are all doing well, and no thanks to the government schools.”

That’s one alternative and, as he says, not without sacrifice.

In response to a reader’s opinion on how much Trump’s added to the national debt:

“First talk about the $10 trillion the Obama administration added to the national debt in 8 years!”

To verify, we reference a recent article at The Balance: “Depending on who you ask, President Obama added anywhere from $983 billion to $9 trillion to the national debt.

“Who’s lying? None of them. There are three ways to look at the debt added by any president.”

It’s worth checking out.

We appreciate your feedback.

Your Rundown for Friday, November 2, 2018

A Personal G.O.A.T.

We’re shaking things up today, taking a reader’s opinion “below the fold.”

So our last contributor takes on how the MSM’s shaped the Trump narrative….

“I think you all need to wake up and stop listening to mainstream, Democrat-controlled media liars.

“Trump’s doing more for this country than just about any president has ever done.”

To be fair, it’s not just the MSM spinning a story. Trump shapes his own narrative too, mostly via Twitter.

As for ranking him among the most effective presidents of all time, that remains to be seen. We’re firm believers history’s the best judge. Give it a couple decades (or centuries?).

A personal favorite — someone Trump says he’s more popular than — is Lincoln. He made agonizing decisions, safeguarded a nation’s unity and became known as The Great Emancipator. Hands down, the best presidential moniker ever — for good reason.

Since we’ve been talking about American education, Lincoln was an autodidact from humble circumstances. No prep schools. No secret Ivy League boys’ clubs.

(Although Lincoln did apply to his local Freemason chapter in Springfield, Illinois….He withdrew his application after receiving his party’s nomination for president in 1860. Lincoln believed even applying for membership could be interpreted as pandering for votes.)

And if you think the media’s taken the gloves off with Trump, the media of Lincoln’s day spared nothing.

Again, head and shoulders above most presidents. Most men.

Have a favorite U.S. president? Why? We’d enjoy hearing from you.

Market Rundown for Fri. November 2, 2018

S&P 500 futures are up 9 points to 2,749.37.

Oil is down 42 cents to $63.27.

Gold is down $4.40 to $1234.20.

Bitcoin is up $24 to $6,404.92.

Have a good weekend. We’ll catch up Monday.

For the Rundown,

Aaron Gentzler

Aaron Gentzler

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Aaron Gentzler is the publisher of Seven Figure Publishing. He is also the editor of The Rundown and has been with Agora Financial / Seven Figure Publishing since 2005. He's been covering technology and markets for over a decade.

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