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Recommended Weekend Reading: WSJ Interview with Mort Zuckerman

Posted by Larry Doyle on October 16, 2011 11:29 AM |

Mort Zuckerman is the Chairman of the Board of Boston Properties.  I have heard many a man in such a position equivocate when commenting on the economy, markets, and the political dynamic.

Equivocate? Yes, as in “talking one’s position” or being excessively political. I certainly would not characterize Zuckerman in such a fashion.  In fact, Zuckerman strikes me as the antithesis of those who would merely “talk their position”.

I do not know all of Zuckerman’s political positions and would not blindly endorse him or those positions. That said, I have seen enough of Zuckerman to respect him for speaking his mind and embracing the truth in the process. I like the way he thinks about the economy and our political landscape.

Zuckerman not only would seem to embrace the truth but he does so in an eloquent yet forceful manner. He is a breath of fresh air amidst the standard stench that wafts through so many parts of our economic landscape. As such, I welcome inducting him immediately into the Sense on Cents Hall of Fame.

What does Zuckerman have to say lately?

‘It’s as if he doesn’t like people,” says real-estate mogul and New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman of the president of the United States. Barack Obama doesn’t seem to care for individuals, elaborates Mr. Zuckerman, though the president enjoys addressing millions of them on television.

The Boston Properties CEO is trying to understand why Mr. Obama has made little effort to build relationships on Capitol Hill or negotiate a bipartisan economic plan. A longtime supporter of the Democratic Party, Mr. Zuckerman wrote in these pages two months ago that the entire business community was “pleading for some kind of adult supervision” in Washington and “desperate for strong leadership.” Writing soon after the historic downgrade of U.S. Treasury debt by Standard & Poor’s, he wrote, “I long for a triple-A president to run a triple-A country.”

Me too!!

Read on as Zuckerman is The Weekend Interview in The Wall Street Journal.

I strongly recommend!!

Larry Doyle

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I have no affiliation or business interest with any entity referenced in this commentary. The opinions expressed are my own. I am a proponent of real transparency within our markets, our economy, and our political realm so that meaningful investor confidence and investor protection can be achieved.

  • Bill

    Larry, any thoughts on Barney Fraud’s latest stroke of genius to remove the Fed regional governors from the FOMC? As you are in MA, perhaps you can afford some insight into this latest madness? I guess he wants to roll the dice on this like he did with Fannie Mae, which worked out wonderfully–for the Dem apparatchiks running the charade who made out like el bandido.

    • LD


      Barney’s business management skills are straight from the handbooks of “Socialist Theory” and “Crony Capitalism for Beginners”. What is Barney trying to accomplish here? The equivalent of ‘stacking the board’ so purely politicized public policies can be jammed through without proper checks and balances.

      Not how one would run a legitimate company let alone a country.

      No surprise that Barney is a proponent. Typical of an individual and a group that have never truly worked a day in their lives in the private sector.

      America deserves SO much better.

      • Bill

        Larry, BF’s proposal would obviously undercut the Fed’s independence. Given the sterling performance to date, what’s really needed is more power concentration in Washington. What the country really needs is national term limits, so guys like Barney Fraud can’t stay in power forever. George Mason actually proposed term limits at the founding of the country, for he was of the opinion that office holders should return to private life so that they might be governed by the laws they enacted.

  • lizzy

    Thanks for posting the Zuckerman interview, LD. I have sometimes found his articles very interesting. He has been vocal about Obama’s lack of skill.

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