PROGRESSIVE DISCUSSION - LABOR DAY - SEPTEMBER 30 Sept 11, 2018 14:44:37 GMT doordie50, yogamama007, and 1 more like this
Post by nashville11 on Sept 11, 2018 14:44:37 GMT
A lot of Americans do say they want to see the government run like a business, but I'm not so sure that's a real possibility. The primary goal of any business is to make a profit. That's not the case, or at least I don't think should be, of the government. Rather I think the government should be run more as a non-profit. The primary goal, IMHO, should be to provide freedom, peace, and a quality life for the people. That doesn't mean (Rs who read here) that I think it should be a hand-out system for everyone. I do think there needs to be accountability in spending. I think there is a lot of waste that needs to be overseen and controlled. I think everyone should contribute in someway whether it is through money (which we all already do, even illegal immigrants), but also in community service, etc. Businesses are run for the benefit of the owner or a few shareholders. A non-profit should be run for the benefit of all it serves, which to me is more like the way a country should be run. We're never going to see it one way or the other, so perhaps the best we can hope for is a happy medium. Perot offered some good ideas, and he may have been before his time. I admit that I didn't vote for him, but I never had anything against him either.
So I'm not really sure what people mean when they say they want to see government run like a business. I think a lot of them are not really sure either. My best guess is that the majority of people who say they want to see government run like a business, they simply mean they want to see accountability from their elected representatives. Maybe, maybe not . . . but that's what I usually think of when I hear someone say that.
In my fantasy the government would have strict accountability to the citizens in all agencies, and all members of the government. Government would also be run strictly with the good of the people in mind. That's a fantasy though, and even on my most Pollyanna days I never expect to see that happen.