There's No Similarity
In the June 27 issue of The Pilot, a letter from John Rowerdink discussed how the businessman and the career politician go about making decisions.
His conclusion was that the businessman picked the solution that provided the best result, where the career politician chose the solution that gets the most votes.
He is correct in his analysis, but not for the reasons he implies.
The businessman always strives for the best result. In business, the “best result” is how well the bottom line is affected, and how the shareholders’ returns on investment are affected. The “best result” does not care about the product or the employees or the environment.
The career politician is the elected representative of the people, the voters. If the decisions made by the politician result in votes for his re-election, it is because he has made decisions favored by the voters, the people whom he or she represents. It is how the system is supposed to work.
Politicians are elected by the citizens. Businessmen are hired (or start their own company and hire themselves). Both have a job to do. There are NO similarities between the two, other than doing their job, because a company cannot be run like a government and a government cannot be run like a company.
Romney is a wonderful businessman, Obama is a pretty good politician.
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