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Econometer: Should the US be run like a business?

Phillip Molnar, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, April 7, 2017

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Jared Kushner, seen on Jan. 31 listening to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump at a roundtablJared Kushner, seen on Jan. 31 listening to his father-in-law, President Donald Trump at a roundtable with cyber-security experts at the White House. (Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post)

Kelly Cunningham, National University System

NO: Government service cannot be run like a business because capital is always conscripted from taxpayers. Monopolies (of which government is the foremost example) leads to higher prices and poorer services over time. Instead of voluntary payment for services rendered, revenues are derived by coercive taxation. Without profit-and-loss guiding choices, government decisions are inefficiently determined and made for production, quantity, location and method. Consequently decisions are usually poorer in quality, arbitrary and wasteful in resource allocation.