Happy Sunday BaddaBing BaddaBlog readers! This is Politics, Politalks, the recurring segment where I write about whatever is on my mind regarding the vast, somewhat scummy world of politics. Once again, any views that I express here are entirely my own and should in no way be thought of as a representation of any party I have been, currently am, or in the future will be affiliated with. With that out of the way, here’s what I have been think about lately.
Over the course of America’s history, there have been a lot of people who have run for president. In the couple most recent presidential elections, there has been a trend where candidates promise to run the government as though it were a business. This claim has usually been made by individuals who have a successful background in the business world and is more or less a glorified way of them saying:
“Hey, I got rich running a business that still hasn’t gone bankrupt, that means you should vote for me.”
However, while this claim sounds great on paper, the government is vastly different from a business and a candidate’s background in the business world should not be a major factor in who citizens cast their vote for.
The American government is inherently different from a business. This becomes apparent immediately in the election process itself. Even for companies that are publicly traded, the CEO usually determined by a very small number of people. I personally cannot think of any company where their president is determined by a popular vote among all of its employees or shareholders.
The American government also has an inherently different function than a business. Most businesses have the end goal of making money. That’s not at all the main function of a government. While the primary purposes of a government are fiercely debated and highly varied among different individuals, everyone can more or less agree that the American government exists to: establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, defend the nation against enemies, promote general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. Those points are paraphrased out of the constitution and notice that no where does it explicitly say that America has to bring in a specific net profit every quarter.
Another way in which the government is different from a business is that the government cannot lay-off people who are under performing. Businesses have the luxury of being able to restructure and move their workforce around whenever they feel the need to. However, the American government cannot excommunicate a stat if they feel that state does not fit in well with its future business model.
While some business skills, such as leadership qualities, communication skills, and the ability to make plans and adjust them efficiently as unexpected challenges are encountered, are all valuable in working in government, the American government cannot be run like a business. If America were run as a business, it would almost certain fail. Governments and businesses are vastly different from one another and a candidate saying that they will run the government like their business adds very little to ongoing political discourse and is not a very remarkable promise.
Also, while I know that this last point is off topic, I do not believe it is possible to talk about the government and business without someone bringing up the “are business people” discussion. So to quickly answer that, no, they most certainly are not people. America has always acknowledged individuals as people by giving them the right to vote. Originally, only male land owners could vote and be counted as people. Over time that expanded to women and minorities. Since businesses cannot cast a vote in any form of public election, they are not people.
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