ExPatriatePen wrote:A good CEO keeps his company focused on the things the company does right and cuts the fat out of his/her organization. I don't see why a good POTUS shouldn't operate the same way.
Because a business and the government are two rather different enterprises. The scope of what the latter is expected to do - even at its most stripped down level - is so far beyond what even the biggest private company can do is..... well, it's like comparing apples to asteroids. After all, a significant chunk of what drives that search for eliminating inefficiencies is competition. And there are too many things the government does wastefully for which there is not - nor should there ever be - a competitive alternative. (The Navy comes to mind here)
The most interesting piece I've seen on the subject breaks it down to three inherent conflicts: Profit vs. People, Shareholders vs. Citizens, Customers vs. Constituents.