Can Government operate as a business?

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    And going further than whether it can; should it? Is that the role of government the Founding Fathers intended? I'm already aware of the leftists' warped ideology here but what do many of you so-called 'conservatives' think?

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuvhOY6gk5A]Ron Paul ~ Freedom Watch ~ The Plain Truth ~ 12/9/2011 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    A business is a dictatorship.

    Is that what you want?
     
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    lol NO
     
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    I believe it was back in the 20's when the government decided it should go into the iron business in an effort to cut the costs to manufacture military vehicles...and they deemed it better than buying from the private sector.

    They pumped all kinds of money into the operation....built it (took twice as long to make than anticipated and at nearly twice the anticipated cost)

    Once completed it was realized that the cost to extract iron and convert it to a useable product was over twice the cost to purchase it from the private sector and so it shut down before it extracted a single peice of iron.

    When you have unlimited funds and such funds are not yours nor are you personally responsible for how they are spent, you are likely to fail to turn a profit..or even break even.
     
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    This is a great historical example of what not to do and one Professor Gingrich should probably consider before he does any further lobbying for his gov subsidized moon mining and space mirror ventures lol
     
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    The Federal Government couldn't operate a lemonade stand without driving it into bankruptcy.
     
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    How else should it operate? As a monarchy?
     
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    Not a serious growth oriented and mission focused one.
     
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    I didn't do a very good job of framing the question. The vid in the OP presents the concept better than I did.

    What I mean is, is it the role of government to operate within the economy as any other efficient, ever-expanding, for-profit business competing to increase market share and dividend payouts to shareholders? Does the fact that government can write civil & criminal law, print currency, control interest rates, issue patents, enact capital controls, enact protectionist trade barriers, and use force to seize private capital make it inevitably impossible for private industry, free markets, and free trade to survive in the US? Once private enterprise is crowded out sector by sector and government begins monopolizing markets, will government still be working for us or will we be officially working for government at that point? Should government be our employer or our employee? If the former, what happens when foreign investment dries up, no one will buy our exports, all private capital has been seized, every new dollar printed devalues total money supply and/or the UN simply prohibits us from printing the $USD, wealth creation is mathematically impossible, and government has to start terminating employees . . .

    Lenin opted for mass famine and civil war, a proactive Hitler opted for mass civilian executions and WWII, Stalin opted for all of the above.

    So, can government operate as a business? Should it?
     
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    I agree with the first part but isn't the oath to defend the Constitution equivalent to a mission statement?
     

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