Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Want more business execs in elected office? Really????

About 4 out of 5 Americans say we need more people “with business and management experience” in the hallowed halls of government.

What the heck are they thinking?

Now, let’s remember to treat every public opinion poll with great suspicion because pollsters never get it right, but—a recent Gallup poll reports that 81% of  Americans agree that “. . . this country would be governed better . . . if more people with business and management experience were in political office.”

I don’t agree, and I bet you don’t agree if you think about it for a minute.

Think about every boss you’ve ever had—how many of them do you want to send to Washington?

Think about your experience with companies of all kinds—do you automatically think that their CEOs and managers are magically qualified to hold political office and make good decisions for your town and your state and our country?

Think about all the bad news you’ve heard about Wall Street execs and top banking leaders and hedge fund managers and mortgage lenders and auto company leaders and gas company CEOs and the business tycoons who fund SuperPACs and the folks who manage the beef feed lots and the Big Pharma folks who sell high-priced drugs….

Are they the “people with business and management experience” that you want running our local and state and national governments?

Well, if they’re not the ones, then who is?

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