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  • The Government should be focused on operating efficiently and without continuing to grow a financial deficit.

    The Government is not a business. It is created for the purposes of serving the common good. It provides social services, infrastructure and operational aspects that are necessary to function as a country. That, however, does not mean that it doesn't need to be operated in an efficient manner. We pay significant taxes in the US (both corporate and personal) and yet our national debt has skyrocketed. Any CEO who's company was facing declining profits would be fired if the company continued borrowing money as opposed to cutting expenses. We have to realistic when spending money in this country.

  • Make america great again!

    Donald J. Trump is our one and only hope for salvaging our broken and crumbling country. The economy is in a downward spiral, politicians are corrupt, and the establishment's agenda must be stopped, and Hillary Clinton must be kept out of the white house at all costs. God help us. And God Bless Donald Trump.

  • Yes it should be!

    Because THe governmetn is a strong place for people to work and live and if they are acting smarter and stronger in different fields than the governmetn should be like them in many ways. Taylor is right la la lal lalalalalal al la lasdflasjdfl asjflasjflsaflsj jkdkc collllleee taylor sergio la

  • Business Makes Sense.

    ...Because any successful business has to be efficient and effective in order to continue operating. Attention to detail, quality assurance, customer service and efficiency are all words that often apply to successful companies but are NEVER associated with government. It's time for government to catch up and stop operating like they are above the people. That's why I think government has a lot to learn and should be working from the perspective in every possible regard.

  • Governing can be likened to running a business.

    You have HR (the people), finance, legal, marketing, production, quality assurance, safety, environmental health and safety, IT, business development (trade) and public relations. Business fails if it operates incorrectly, just as the government. Therefore, a lot of the valuable business principles that define a successful company can also be applied to government. You might not be able to get 100% of the way there, but you could get a whole lot closer than we are today. Best of all, it would make us more productive, more efficient and more competitive on a global scale.

  • More Business Thought

    I think it would be a great idea to run the government more like a business, however I do not believe the government has any room for greedy business tactics. I think the government should try to cost cut where it can and try to cut overhead costs, so that we can start to pay our debt down.

  • Yes we can

    Businesses are not what the argument makes them out to be. They can be structured but also agile. Look at Apple. Point being, good businesses do both. The ones that last decades or longer do both. The ones that may only do one or the other usually are bought out by the ones that do both well. Government, in fact, should be more like a business and it would do well to run that way. In fact, if it continues on its current trajectory, it will go out of business because it is not being run like one. The author's arguments about resilient government services are commendable, but they fail to note that most of the government isn't run the way the military is. Only a true statist would close an argument by claiming that someone advocating for an opposing view should be seen as "suspicious." This straw-man setup is exemplary of those afraid to lose their own positions or the affirmation from others that they deem to be unimpeachable.

  • Yes it should

    The argument is "should the government run LIKE a business." This does not mean the government should BE a business. The government should not focus on making profits and serving the public the cheapest way possible. However, it should focus on being as efficient as possible. We see billions of our tax dollars being wasted every year. If the government was a business, it would have already failed. When I see this question being asked, I interpret it as asking if the government should be more concerned with reducing waste. My answer is yes.

  • Humans do not represent a bottom line or buffer for profit

    Government represents a diverse popoulation of people, different skill sets, strengths, weakness, income opportunities and sub-cultures. To assume a cookie cutter population and one that can automatically provide solely for oneself while also contributing to the whole is not possible. This falls under the same failed assumption of everyone can and should pass the same exam. However, this has to be weighed against how many can fend for there own economic solvency while contributing to the whole. We cannot survive as a society where fewer are self sufficient and contributing to the whole. But, we cannot just cut out those that are unable to do so. This cannot be a bottom line issue to balance every number every year. A business has to cut out that which drains its profits while increasing that which gains profits. This would imply a government that works only to increase the capable, those with economic opportunity and cut out those who do not have the same cookie cutter capacity. We do need a society consisting of more that can contribute some for the sake of those that have less opportunity for various diverse reasons. We cannot assume that those without capacity are to be buffers for the profitability that is necessary in business.

  • Government is not a Corporation

    Private corporations exist to make a profit. I would not expect the Department of Defense or the State Department or the Library of Congress to be forced to make a profit like a private corporation. I think we would all agree that these are all things we need as a government and as a country and must be willing to pay for these things.

  • Business exist to generate profit

    Government provides services to citizens that are of social benefit that are not necessarily profitable. The military springs to mind. This is why Trump wants other countries to pay for our defenses (like the wall) or our bases in other countries, because the military is a cost center and generates no profit. It eats an enormous part of the budget. In any business that's what you would cut, cost centers. There are many critical government services that are cost centers that can not be made profitable which is the goal of business. They shouldn't be. http://www.forbes.com/sites/johntharvey/2012/10/05/government-vs-business/#3aa941322685

  • The Primary Goal of Business is to Provide a Service/Product for Profit

    Government should never put profit for individuals or select groups above people. We've witnessed this a number of times and its almost always been disastrous. Both have different missions, are just so diametrically opposed. Businesses do best operated under Darwinian principal of, survival of the fittest, business not so much.

  • Two diametrically opposed entities

    Governments collect taxes in service of the general population to form, maintain and grow commerce which operates upon and within the infrastructure provided by those taxes. Politics exist in each entity, on a macro level in government and on a more individual micro level in business. The goal of government should always be of service to the governed in the most efficient manner possible, whereas a business exists to provide goods and commodities to fill a demand by the consumer for a profit.

  • Two diametrically opposed entities

    Governments collect taxes in service of the general population to form, maintain and grow commerce which operates upon and within the infrastructure provided by the government. Politics exist in each entity, on a macro level in government and on a more individual micro level in business. The goal of government should always be of service to the governed in the most efficient manner possible, whereas a business exists to provide goods and commodities to fill a demand by the consumer for a profit.

  • Make america great again!

    Donald J. Trump is our one and only hope for salvaging our broken and crumbling country. The economy is in a downward spiral, politicians are corrupt, and the establishment's agenda must be stopped, and Hillary Clinton must be kept out of the white house at all costs. God help us. And God Bless Donald Trump.

  • No, the government should not be run like a business.

    Businesses work because of competition, a free market lets the people decide what they want to buy, and what services they are willing to pay for. We have only one choice. Yes we get to elect new officials from time to time, but then we are stuck for the next 2 to 4 to a lifetime with them! Why run something like a business when it is for the people and the people do not get to chose what company they want to give their business to.

  • Government would fail as business, just has a business would fail as a government.

    Governments are entities created to support the needs of a population. Businesses are created to generate profit. Two very different goals. Fundamentally governments should provide an environment where businesses can thrive and compete competitively BECAUSE this supports the needs of the population again. In areas where agility is lost in a business, such as environmental concerns, governments provide a way to protect the greater good. Whereas businesses are setup to protect the bottom line. Governments can think more long-term, where as short term profits often dictate business motives.

  • No, the government would have problems if it behaved like a business.

    If the government behaved like a business there would be many programs that would need to be eliminated. Business is normally competitive, and this would not work well with some of the normal government activities. Budgeting is a good idea, but the focus on increasing revenue and profits would not always work.


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