President evaluation, decision analysis

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Theodore Roosevelt, one of the faces of Mount Rushmore, is known for many things. Though formally a Republican, he was a fiercely independent politician whom very often acted upon his personal convictions and values. Like Thomas Jefferson before, Roosevelt was much more than a politician; more particularly, he was a man of many and varied interests.


One of his more meaningful and lasting political decisions, however, was based upon his lifelong interest in the preservation and the conservation of the American wilderness. Roosevelt's advocacy of the 1905 Transfer Act, which transferred the management control of a vast amount of federal forest reserves to the United States Forest Service, was a bold and personally courageous political choice which continues to please and to benefit Americans to this very day.
This political decision, and Roosevelt's subsequent political success, was not without opposition. To be sure, there were powerful business interests which favored short-term financial gains to more long-term aesthetic and environmental gains. In addition, there were other politicians, both within Roosevelt's party and without, whom were sympathetic or beholden to these powerful and influential business interests (Blum, 1954). ...
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