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Romney is running on the premise that he knows how business works, how to create jobs, and how to streamline the government. Bear with me, I think running the government like a business would be a great idea!

Imagine a nameless Fortune 500 company. It could be any one, really. What would happen at this business in the following scenarios?

There is a department with, say, 435 employees in it. A majority of the employees, say around 241 or so, in that department decide they want the CEO of the company to fail. The 241 malcontents decide they aren't going to do anything the CEO asks them to do as part of their job, and they won't allow the other 204 workers in their department to do anything either. It's not a strike or anything Marxist Stalinist Muslim Socialist like that. They just refuse to work or allow any work. How long would these 241 "workers" draw a paycheck ?

What if the head of the department mentioned above went to the media and said their goal was to keep the CEO from succeeding, even though the CEO received a landslide of shareholder support? What if spokespeople for these slugs went to the media and slandered the CEO with a ceaseless stream of lies? How long would they be employed? Would they still be making $174,000 a year?

How popular would a guy be who decided that they should take the employees' health care premiums and spend the money on the tax bill for their rich buddies?

I think the obvious answer is that they would be summarily fired.

How about accounting practices? What if a CEO kept two sets of books? One for the shareholders, and another for his pet projects that he couldn't pay for? Wouldn't he prosecuted for fraud? Wouldn't the company be liable for all the expenditures anyway?

I get the obvious. We have elections to take care of ne'er-do-wells like these. I just wish that when people (?) like Mitt Romney talk about their business acumen, they'd follow their metaphor to the obvious conclusion.

Let's fire the bastards in November.

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