Letter: Run it like a business

Nov. 10, 2013 @ 01:43 AM

To the editor:

In a recent letter one of your readers took a jab at those who think the government should be run like a business. She pointed to Broyhill as an example of why that is a bad idea.

I would remind the reader that for every Broyhill, there are a hundred companies like Google, Apple, FedEx and AT&T that, through sound business practices, are wildly successful and an asset to this country. Broyhill is in fact a disaster because it was run like the government, spending money it didn’t have, practicing gross mismanagement, stealing from its own pensioners to enrich its leaders.

If the government were run like a reputable business then Kathleen Sebellus, secretary of the HHS and the person responsible for the Obama health care Internet debacle, would have been fired. This woman spent $650 million of your tax dollars on a system that never got off the ground. To add insult to injury, most of that money went to a Canadian firm; whatever happened to Obama’s pledge to bring jobs back to America?

Businesses operate under a simple principal: They provide goods or services for a fee. In order to stay in business their income must not exceed their expenses. In the business world you are held accountable for your failures. In the business world the government sees to it that you go to jail for taking bribes (ironic isn’t it?). In the business world you do not borrow more than you can pay back. In the business world your success or failure depends on the effective management of resources.

Our government exists to provide services to its citizens. It exists to protect our borders, enforce contracts, provide for the truly needy, build and maintain an infrastructure that benefits all of its citizens, among myriad other services. The fee for these services are the taxes we pay. That is where the comparison between government and business ends.

Our government has shown that it cannot manage its resources, control its budget, adhere to any semblance of ethical behavior or hold accountable those who have failed miserably at their assigned tasks.

As long as the government has easy access to revenue by reaching deeper into your pockets, and until heads of departments are held accountable for their failures, we will continue to see a government out of control.

So, do I think the government should be run like a business? Absolutely! The goal would not be to make a profit. The goal would be to ensure that your tax dollars are allocated wisely, that your representatives are held to the same legal and moral standards as you, that incompetence is not rewarded and that we have a government that is strong, viable and independent from foreign influences.

Ron Smith

Lenoir