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Not when the rest of the country isn't actually that way. :lol

 

It would just be nice for a change to have someone who wants to run the country like a business instead of an 8 year-old's birthday party.

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I would like someone who has run an actual business at some point.

 

If in fact the decision were made "to run government like a business," which particular business would be the best model? Merrill Lynch or Bank of America? How about JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs? Citigroup could be a possibility, and please give some consideration to Wells Fargo, General Motors and Chrysler.

 

Enron?

 

Which business model would Jules choose?

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If in fact the decision were made "to run government like a business," which particular business would be the best model? Merrill Lynch or Bank of America? How about JPMorgan or Goldman Sachs? Citigroup could be a possibility, and please give some consideration to Wells Fargo, General Motors and Chrysler.

 

Enron?

 

Which business model would Jules choose?

 

I'd choose facebook. A multi-billion dollar company that doesn't cost it's users a penny.

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You have an odd concept of "freedom."

 

Ask the Danes if they feel like their freedom is impinged in any way. They pay astronomical taxes, but they also get free healthcare, free education including university, a stunning array of well-funded social welfare programs, ample funds for infrastructure ... and all of these taxpayer-funded benefits allow them a degree of freedom that Americans will never know.

 

Denmark is basically a socialist country in many ways -- certainly in terms of its welfare state -- yet it's also consistently at or near the top of the list of countries whose residents are happiest. Businesses thrive despite this socialist nightmare, and the markets are as free as virtually any in the world. According to Wikipedia, those America-hating commies at the Wall Street Journal and the Heritage Foundation rated Denmark's economy as the "11th most free" in the world, yet 80% of workers belong to unions. Income taxes are the highest in the world, yet the standard of living is also among the world's highest, and wealth disparity is among the lowest.

 

What Denmark is doing, we could be doing too ... except that no one could ever sell that kind of success to the American public, who prefer their uniquely "American" brand of fucked-up, failed economics, corrupt politics, and greed-based corporate supremacy, despite it being against their best interests. Our system is pulling us over a cliff, but as a nation we're more interested in wrapping ourselves in the Stars and Stripes and shouting about how America is the Greatest Country In The World™ (or might have once been, anyway) than in facing up to the mistakes we've made and finding real solutions. That stubbornness and willful ignorance of our systemic problems will propel us over that cliff, sooner rather than later, and in the resulting chaos we'll see how much people truly cherish things like "freedom." In times of crisis, true freedom is one of the first casualties.

 

Yeah, I guess being responsible for yourself or wanting the freedom of choice is a strange concept of freedom. I guess I know what Sparky means now. The only thing I can think of to make you understand...

 

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

— Benjamin Franklin

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