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Business Approach to Government

Original post made by Steve, another community, on Oct 28, 2010

We need a business approach to government which is why I support David Harmer, Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina. This is not a Republican v Democrat issue – this is an issue about managing our state and country.

All three of these are successful executives who have direct and hands on experience in how to manage a dynamic and large business. These skills are exactly what we need right now in Washington. I have been CFO for both private and public companies over the last decade and know what it takes to figure out what cuts need to be made – It is hard and takes determination. I am confident that they will take the time to figure what programs should be eliminated and will push to get expenses ROLLED BACK to align with our revenues. They will push to have funded programs not forever be part of the budget as they are today, but rather reviewed on a regular basis to ensure the program is still accomplishing its goals and that it is still worth funding given the current economic and political situation. That is how the most successful companies are managed – it is called “bottoms up” budgeting.

We must reverse the idea that spending should be independent of revenue. While I understand that some of program cuts that they will suggest will be painful, we must do it and do it now. We have completely lost sight that the money we are spending is borrowed. We all understand what too much debt can do to companies and our households – our country and California are no different – we just haven’t felt the impact yet. We all know there are too many programs that just don’t make sense anymore – maybe they did at one point, but not in today’s environment, given our current economic position.

Finally like great business people, they will focus on incentives and programs that will create the environment which will grow our country’s revenues allowing us to both judiciously increase our spending, but also begin paying down the national debt.

These concepts are a fundamental premise of managing the financials of a household, a company and must become the way we manage our state and country.


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Posted by Jay Cook
a resident of another community
on Oct 28, 2010 at 12:29 pm

You're summing up my sentiments exactly. Tired of government creating a mess, then borrowing money (stimulus) to get out of the mess. Jerry McNerney is the problem and when you hear him talk, you can see that he would change nothing about the past 4 years and sees nothing different for the next 4.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Alamo
on Oct 28, 2010 at 8:26 pm

The "business approach to government" was the rationale used to elect our current governor. I'm voting outside my (republican) party and voting for Brown - I think he is the better choice.

Fiorina has my enthusiastic vote, however. Harmer also has my vote, but I'm voting AGAINST McNerny rather than FOR Harmer - my expectations around him are pretty low.

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Posted by Harald A. Bailey
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2010 at 7:01 am

Dear Dolores,

Global governments are not businesses or can they be operated as businesses because they have no commercial or profit interests in their operations. With that said, governments can service their citizens with operations and fiscal performance that match citizens' needs, will and interests.

As your readers consider campaign comments that ask governments to be run like a business, let us challenge your readers with consideration of services WE, the people, designate for delivery by governments. Governments are liaison for employing our resources and wealth for the good of all citizens to the extent that such governments only represent the people's will.

Governments are not businesses. They are WE, the people.