Businessmen generally make bad politicians, perhaps it's because they don't follow their own rules
Remember the days when our government was made up of attorneys, educators and career civil servants? The US Congress consisted primarily of intellectuals and those who understood the needs of the people.
These days there are more businessmen representing the federal government than lawyers or any other profession. Of those who list their prior occupation as simply “businessman”, the overwhelming majority of them are Republicans.
Apparently, business people and those who vote for them think entrepreneurs make great politicians. Well, there are a number of things wrong with that assumption. While the management might seem similar, the business of a country is not the same as a company.
For one, the owner of a company is the director of his employees and they work for him for the betterment of the business. In government it’s reversed, or at least it’s supposed to be. The citizens direct their elected officials for the betterment of the country.
Most businessmen are not used to listening or taking orders. At least not from the riffraff at the bottom of the socioeconomic chain. If you think companies or corporations look to their customers for advice, you’re not living in the 21st century.
Still, once Republican businessmen get into office they no longer follow the main business principle that makes most businessmen successful. Before starting a business, the general rule of thumb is to find a successful company similar to the one you want to start and duplicate their system.
If a particular system of operation works well for a company, the best thing to do is copy it and try to improve on it. Innovation is still important, but that comes later when you’re on solid financial ground. The thinking is; if it worked for them, it should work for me. It would be a tremendous mistake to open a fast-food chain and do the opposite of McDonalds. Their system is fine, it’s their product that sucks.
If businessmen think emulation is the key to success in business, how come Republican businessmen refuse to bring this mentality with them when they get elected to office? This is the one instance where you can take a business principle and apply it to governance.
The United States has been considered average in education for some time now and it isn’t simply due to a lack of funding. A smart businessman would see the problem and start looking for a system that works better. In this case the solution would lie in a country like Finland.
The United States also has a problem with providing affordable healthcare. But no one bothered to look at France or Japan. In the aftermath of the banking crisis, no one looked at Iceland for a solution.
The truth is Republicans are quick to dismiss places like Finland, France and Iceland because despite their results, their ideology forces them to. Smart businessmen however, would never let their ideology dictate how they run their business. That is a road to ruin.
Upon election, Republican business people seem to lose their business sense in order to push an agenda that better benefits the people they used to be. Businessmen have twice been elected President of the United States in the last hundred years. The first one was Herbert Hoover who steered the country into the crash of 1929 and the first years of the great depression. The second (and better example) was George W. Bush who walked the country into two wars and the great recession. Coincidence? Maybe.
My point is; when Republican business people get elected to office, they forget (whether intentional or not) the main fundamental principle that made them successful in the first place. If they had remembered, the systems that operate within the United States would look a lot more… Scandinavian.