Government is not a business and we are not its customers

Stephen Colbert takes some sharp jabs at the announcement that Donald Trump has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to head an office that will, stop me if you’ve heard this one before, makes changes so that government runs like a business. He is going to staff the office with former business executives in order to achieve this goal to better serve us, the ‘customers’.

But as Colbert points out, even if the government can be compared to a business, we citizens are not its customers, we are the owners, and Kushner and Trump and all the rest of them, are the employees.


  1. Brian English says

    Marcus, are you comparing governments with the Mafia?
    I think you owe the Mafia an apology….

  2. deepak shetty says

    But if the US govt is to be run as a US business , all the positions need to be outsourced to China,India and Mexico , not Russia

  3. jrkrideau says

    Why do people think a businessman would be good at running a government. A govenment is much more complicated than a business and it takes very different skills to run a business vs a government.

    And as Rupert Brooke once put it, “His mind was even more childlike and transparent than is usual with a businessman”. Letters from America pg 62.

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