From Pine View Farm

Government Is Not a Business 2

Conservatives want to “run the government like a business.”

Their business model of choice invariably seems to be Enron.

Let Wenonah Hauter explain:

But states are not corporations. While conservatives often claim that experience as a corporate executive qualifies them for high office, the analogy fails when put into action. Government works best when decisions are made in the public interest; cutting costs almost always means cutting corners, which is exactly what happened in Flint.

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  1. George Smith

    February 16, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    When Americans can get rid of the embedded brainwashing which regards corporate business and the private sector as highest of the holies, then we’ll be getting somewhere. The Social and Humanitarian Benefits of Hating American Business would be a good title for a course or book.

  2. Frank

    February 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Add to that the corollary, which also belongs in the dustbin: that the first responsibility of a business is to maximize returns to stockholders. That particular maxim is about 30 years old and parallels the elevation of Wall Street takers over industrial makers.

    Historically, the first responsibility of a business is to maintain the health of the business.