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(45,558 posts)
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:47 PM Jul 2012

This had to be said....

In a business, the CEO is interested in turning a profit for the shareholders. Period.

In government, the elected leader is to make sure that the essential social covenant between voters and the general public is full filled.

These two are not the same.

The skills to run a business are not at all related to the skills needed to oversee a governmental entity.

That is all,

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(21,750 posts)
1. And your post is incorrect, you say an elected leader is to make sure...
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:50 PM
Jul 2012

Unless you are an R, then your job as an elected leader is to send whatever money you can to the rich


(150,739 posts)
2. Exactly right.
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 10:51 PM
Jul 2012

This is one of the arguments that we used against Meg Whitman when she ran for Governor of CA.

Just one of them.

But it is a very valid point.

Jeff In Milwaukee

(13,992 posts)
3. And it needs to be repeated...
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 11:01 PM
Jul 2012

"Government needs to be run like a Business" is just as idiotic as saying "A Daycare Center should be run like a Major League Sports Franchise."

They're two totally different things.



(11,064 posts)
4. What you say about elected leaders is true, provided that they value traditional Democratic values.
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 11:02 PM
Jul 2012

Harry Truman was one of the best examples of this.

However, if the elected leaders do not really value traditional Democratic values, then they are auditioning for their next gig with the super-rich.


(1,096 posts)
6. Well said!
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 11:10 PM
Jul 2012

Not only are they not the same, they are diametrically opposed.
The whole point of government is to govern, or regulate, both society and the economy.
The role of government is laid out in the preamble of the United States Constitution.

"We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America."

I'm guessing a common corporate mission statement reads, "To make as much profit as possible for our shareholders, screw everyone else including the country we reside in."


(2,760 posts)
8. This needs to be repeated again and again and again!
Thu Jul 12, 2012, 11:20 PM
Jul 2012

After all, if a lie can gain respectability through repetition, what might it do for the truth.


(12,984 posts)
10. Yep, because business and government don't exist for the same purpose.
Fri Jul 13, 2012, 12:14 AM
Jul 2012

For Romney and all the GOP to claim that "being a successful businessman" means you know more about "running the economy" than would a "community organizer" is bogus. For voters to believe that knowing how to turn a profit in the private sector means you know how to increase cashflow in a national economy and grow Federal budget surpluses,, is... well, it's just unfortunate that people fall for that kind of stuff.


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