Tuesday, October 18, 2016
I distrust politicians who say that government should be run like a business because government is really only superficially like a commercial enterprise. Government should be run efficiently, more or less, but the most efficient governments seem to be oppressive, totalitarian states, and there is a sense that inefficiency might be considered a feature. All that said, consider the business backgrounds of the last two Republican candidates for President. Mittens was a venture capitalist-- a guy whose job was to maximize the short-term return on investment. Not really the kind of operation a head of state should model its operations on. Trump is a real estate investor. He isn't actually a landlord, but can you think of a worse sort of business model than a business that exists to extract rent?