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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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The Aesthetics of Pledge to America

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: The Wall Street Journal informs me that President Obama will be making a tour shortly “to attempt to dismantle the Republican party’s “Pledge To America” governing platform.” Attempt to dismantle? Either the WSJ has a poor view of our President, or Obama has really lost his edge. Face it, folks; this thing can be dismantled by a hay-fever-ridden twentysomething with an 80s-vintage word processor. Allow me to demonstrate.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: Lots of people have commented on the meaning behind the written content of the Pledge to America, but I’d like to talk about the pictures that have been included in the downloadable .pdf document. Does it strike anyone else as odd that 15 of the 48 pages in are devoted to pictures? Is this a doctrine or a children’s book? Continue reading

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