• Govt & Business are closely-related enterprises. Each should strive for, share & adopt "best practices" and strive for Value as much as possible.

    It boils down to Value: If a Business doesn't provide it to me or for what I care about (as Customer or Investor), I am not interested in its success. Same goes for a Govt. As a Captive Investor/Voting Shareholder (i.E. Taxpayer) I only want a Govt empowered & financed to the extent it provides GOOD Value to me or what I care about...Just like in Business. Whereas in Business, the Gains are mostly measured in Profit/Growth, our Govt. Was designed for the Gains of ensuring Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. We should only allow it to grow or confiscate power/resources to the extent it can ensure good value/Gains in these areas...Not one inch/$ further.

  • Absolutely it should

    It's like a business of businesses. People work. Bosses should take care of employees (citizens) as long as the employees take care of the business and their job within. Not to be mistaken with socialism and communism. Some jobs do more, and get more because of many different circumstances, like education, experience, etc.
    pretty simple analogy.

  • The United States is a capitalistic nation. Capitalism requires generation of money. Businesses make money.

    People work in government. People in government get used to spending the nations money. The same money that is owned by the tax payers. If the government takes lessons from good business, the money will be allocated correctly and not squandered on corrupt individuals. Run the country like a business! Especially the US!

  • Accountability and incentive are lacking in the government model.

    Government runs on waste...Wasted time while staff watch the clock tick to 5pm, wasted money thrown away on projects that are thrown away mid project, and worst of all wasted ideas and innovation squashed out of government employees after years of being told to just do enough to get by. Governments need to hold themselves accountable to their stakeholders, the people. Government needs to incentivize their workforce to promote innovation and hold those accountable for squandering funds.

  • Yes, it should look like a Hybrid of both.

    Business has many ideas that government can use, a company is required to innovate in an effort to stay competitive in the global market. Sometimes government has a culture of "we have always done it that way" that will be the demise of a private sector company because their competitors are trying to create the widget better, faster and with less cost.

  • Yes- Government Should Learn from Business

    There are many things done in business that I agree should be melded into Government. Projects - we have a ton in Government. Many times they don't turn out like there were proposed, over budget, and on and on. There should be a process to vet projects and it should be consistent process and denial of the project if it doesn't fit into the overall Mission for Government. I get so tired of seeing change for change sake. Departments should have to do their homework, submit ROI just like in business. Government is not supposed to be in it for profit however working with fewer people and no or very little raises would be ways to save needless spending and pay the people working hard.

  • Yes and No

    There are many things about government that are inefficient and antiquated. They are typically under funded and the staff are underpaid. Often the rules are outmoded and require lengthy processes that could easily be streamlined and made to function so much more efficiently. They prevent more rapid implementations and implementing agile processes.
    So yes - a lot of how government organizations are forced to function is constraining. They need more flexibility, greater funding, and improved efficiencies.

  • Non-Profit Business ?

    Perhaps like a non-profit business, but still with the efficiencies of business. That is not to say government cannot run off of credit (unlikely we will ever get totally out of debt), but it could be run much more efficiently with business budgeting and sensibilities in place. There are quite a few truly smart people in government but many of those folks (I'm married to one) feel like they have limited ability to effectuate positive change as the model is not receptive to change or improvement. Efficiency need not be a bad thing.

  • 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.

  • Business is totalitarian - our government isn't

    Our government was founded on a principle of being "of the people, for the people, by the people". All business if formed on a principle of making money to support the owners/shareholders. Diametrically opposed principles. The government must be prepared to support the people's needs, regardless of whether it will make a profit. Business can (and does) neglect the needs of it's people in order to guarantee a profit.
    The responsibility of a democratic government is to serve the combined interests of all citizens in a equitable manner.

  • Competitive Market place

    1969 The Planning - Programming - Bugeting System by Robert McNamara (Managing Government, Goverment Management).

    Government is Good - Capitalism Requires Government, by Douglas J. Amy, Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College.

    The U.S. Cannot be Run Like a Business, Harvard Business Review, by Henry Mintzberg.

    Ludwig Von Mises, 1944 "Bureaucracy"

  • Government is the check and balance to Business

    First, government does not make a profit. Business measures the value of its decisions by the effect on profit. Government lacks this metric. Secondly, government represents the people. It exists solely to provide the social services and society's needs which companies do not do for profit. Infrastructure, military, justice systems, financial systems, social support networks, arts, fundamental scientific research are socially needed but are horrendously expensive. While examples such as public water systems or trash removal can be transferred to private sector after government investment, no company could create the initial system. Even after, government oversight is required. At the core Government is the bastion to defend we the people from the ravages and temptations of business to sell us questionable products, to find the cheapest and most expendable labor, to dispose of wastes in the cheapest manner possible.

  • Government is a not for profit entity

    Government should not be ran like a business due in part that business is for profit. Businesses focus in the sale of good and services in area or demographic where they can generate a profit. If government was to develop that methodology than group of people will not receive goods or services. Government is there for all not for a specific demographic.

  • The responsibility of a democratic government is to serve the combined interests of all citizens in a equitable manner.

    The responsibility of a democratic government is to serve the combined interests of all citizens in a equitable manner. Yes, it should operate efficiently and can if managed by professionals not hampered by patronage, subsidizing business and the self interest of politicians that work against the good of the country. Examples of poor service from pubic employees are often directly related to under funding leading to an inability to attract the best talent and staffing shortages. Business is simple compared to universal governance. A dictatorial business compartmentalizes its product/service to only serve customers who bring profit. A government must serve all, including those who cannot contribute. In today's environment the idea of a free market and competition is being overturned by the largest businesses buying out their competition rather than improving their competitive posture. A government does not have that luxury and empire building by force is no longer an alternative. There are common management techniques that can work in both governance and business, but no, government cannot be run like a business. In fact, for services needed by all, government can be more efficiently and lower cost as many frictional costs, costs of competition and profit no longer have to be an expense.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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