For as long as I’ve been studying politics, just about 50 years now, I have heard the mime “Elect a Businessman and run the country like a business and things will be better.” From conservatives. Well, now we have elected a Businessman, so how our things going? If you grow and sell soybeans or make things with steel/aluminum, not so well. If you’ve come to this country with your family seeking asylum things are even worse. An don’t get me started on the people who live downstream from a coal mine. So why is the facts so out of kilter with the mime? I once tried a little though experiment that I’d like to share with you:
Imagine you have a business that you run. You have a small but powerful and independent board of directors (they hold their seats totally independent of anything you can do). Now ad in that every one of you customers is also a shareholder and each shareholder as exactly the same number of votes as anyone else. Finally each of your customers and directors are also you employees. Now run this using classic business practices. Now add in the business is responsible for the general welfare of all of the stockholders/employees. Have fun.