Why Conservatives Don't Really Want the U.S. to Run Like a Business

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As one GOP CEO put it: 'If only businessmen voted in the election, Romney would win 99 to 1,' he told the magazine. 'The United States is like a big company, and we need a CEO to run it.' ...[R]unning the whole country as a business? That's a different notion altogether, and one that would probably require abandoning some very dear conservative principles. Think, for a moment, about what corporations are. They exist to make a return for shareholders and are generally managed from the top down. Every few months, a CEO has to ask themselves: 'Are my investors richer than they were four quarters ago?' If the answer is yes, chances are they've done their job. If the answer is no, it's their obligation to cut costs and boost revenue. Once the boss comes up with a strategy for making it happen, it's everybody else's task to implement it. Upshot: They're dictatorships that turn a profit.

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