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  •  From one who went from private to public (5+ / 0-)
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    fayea, La Gitane, Kevskos, JeffW, orangeuglad

    I agree with most everything you said, but I would like to flesh out this one point.  Government is not like a business because business is easy.  There is crossover in sales, management, PR, and sometimes collaboration.  In reality business is about producing one thing or achieving one result.  Governing is infinitely more complex.

    If my public organization does not perform then people in this state potentially get away with murder.  I am being literal in this example.  If my public organization does not operate with due process and arrive at consensus then a professional career can potentially be wrongfully destroyed.

    When I was in the private sector my only considerations were 1.) can I beat the competition on price, 2.) How far can I mark this up, and 3.) what is the least I have to do for the most profit?  That approach requires no concensus, no morals, and no consideration of other viewpoints.

    You are absolutely correct that Government is not a business.  Government must consider all.  Business only considers one or a few.  That is no way to approach service to your fellow citizens or the least among us.

    Of all forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane. - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by SocialRazor on Sun Nov 11, 2012 at 11:41:24 AM PST

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