You cannot run government like a business

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    You cannot run government like a business
    By LLEWELLYN KING — Hearst Newspapers

    Long before Mitt Romney was a presidential candidate, and even before his father was one, people said what we needed in a president was a businessman. We needed someone who could kick a posterior or two and run the government as a corporation.
    This assumes that the country is just a very large corporation; money in, money out, goods and services provided, waste abhorred, efficiency rewarded, the taxpayer getting a great bang for the buck.
    It is compelling -- and it is nonsense.

    Read more here: LLEWELLYN KING: You cannot run government like a business | More Opinions | The Sun Herald
    (Like a used car salesman?)

    "Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.” Luke 16;10
     
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    Government is the only business that gets rewarded for taking longer and being more expensive than its free enterprise counterpart
     
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    The reason we have two different words, one business and the other government, is because they are two entirely diffferent human activities.

    We know this confuses a lot of you.

    There's not much we can do about that.

    There is no cure for stupid.
     
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    This is one of the many simplistic, binary political squabbles that gives me gas. It doesn't have to be an either/or proposition, gang.

    No, government should not be run like a business in that:

    • The primary goal of a business is to maximize profit for shareholders, not so with government
    • Large business initiatives and divisions can be cut and re-established based on profits and losses
    • Business target markets can be entirely changed at any time, not a consideration of government
    • "Well being" or "common good" are not considerations of a for-profit business

    Yes, it's helpful to run government like a business in that:

    • Maximizing both effectiveness and efficiency is always an ideal and goal
    • Running at a constant deficit is ultimately and inevitably a death knell
    • Proper and prudent deployment of assets is key to long term success and survival
    • Business competition (other countries) must always be on the radar screen and a consideration

    As with most things, it is some of both. Jeez, does everything have to be so simplistic, so black & white?

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    Good post there Mac and spot the hell on.
     
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    Well I guess you voters should tell your Dear Leader that..

    Obama thinks he can take take Taxpayers monies and buy car companies, green energy, etc etc

    But it's a little late now, he's done robbed us good
     
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    Hey lets' run America like a business.

    First thing we need to do is get rid of the military since no business is in the business of protecting the nation.


    Morons.
     
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    Well seeing as the present method of operation has failed miserable,we are in debt past our eyelids.

    Your argument seems really weak and well stupid.

    Lets just keep doing what we are doing??!!!
     
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    LOL take a shrill pill today??

    Kinda hard to have a rational conversation with juvenile BS like this.
     
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    Very well said. You are a master of our language.
     

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