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Running Government Like A Business

AKIE BERMISS: When it comes to governing, I think the subject is much more complicated than most people appreciate. Its not simply a matter of laws and budgets and leadership. Nor is simply a matter of ethics and beliefs. Trust no one who tried to boil governing down to something so simplistic.

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: Rhetoric about “running government like a business” floated around nationwide during this last election cycle, but we got our own special dose of it in Michigan, where we recently elected Gateway CEO Rick Snyder governor over Lansing mayor and long-time governance guy Virg Bernero. Since the primaries, Snyder has been promising our thoroughly depressed state that he will “reinvent” it, presumably to run more like a business.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: While campaigning for this recent election season, lots of Republicans ran on a platform that involved promises to run the government like a business to get things back on track.

The point of a business is to grow and expand, but conservatives don’t want the government to grow and expand. They want to shrink it. I don’t understand how this is supposed to work, in a business sense. Continue reading

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Chris Christie For President?

AKIE BERMISS: Chris Christie for President? Look, I am as ambivalent about New Jersey as the next guy… Ok, that’s a lie. I sort of hate New Jersey. Its always been a thorn in New York’s side. I’ve always thought how much more pleasant rush hour would be if New Jersey didn’t exist. No Holland Tunnel, no Lincoln Tunnel, much less traffic on the George Washington Bridge. And Jersey drivers are infamous in New York for cutting people off, driving the wrong way down one-way streets, parking illegally and holding up traffic. Anytime there is some jerk doing something wrong on the road I assume — and I am often right — that they’ll have Jersey plates. Don’t get me wrong — there are great people from Jersey, and wonderful places to go in Jersey, and if you catch the traffic just right, a drive through Jersey can be a real breeze. Jersey is sometimes hip and happening.

But it’s still Jersey.

HOWARD MEGDAL: Not much to add here, though let’s discuss, briefly, his path to national office.

He’s currently running well short of 50 percent approval in his own state. He’ll face re-election in 2013, in a state that generally votes Democratic, though in cases of extreme political malpractice can go GOP. (See Corzine, Jon, or Florio, Jim). Continue reading

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