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How To Get Bureaucratic Answers to the Nation’s Problems

Posted by Nancy on November 29, 2009

Who is more likely to come up with a businesslike solution to a public problem – a career bureaucrat or an experienced private sector business person?

If you think government leaders with private sector background are more likely to solve problems from a business perspective, then elect experienced leaders who will surround themselves with equally experienced men and women to help find those solutions.

If you think people with lifetimes of bureaucratic service will find better solutions via government programs, Obama is your man and his hand-picked associates help shape his agenda.

From Nick Schultz, who headlined it:  Help Wanted, No Private Sector Experience Required.

[F]rom a J.P. Morgan research report. It examines the prior private sector experience of the cabinet officials since 1900 that one might expect a president to turn to in seeking advice about helping the economy. It includes secretaries of State, Commerce, Treasury, Agriculture, Interior, Labor, Transportation, Energy, and Housing & Urban Development… —432 cabinet members in all.  [snip]

When one considers that public sector employment has ranged since the 1950s at between 15 percent and 19 percent of the population, the makeup of the current cabinet—over 90 percent of its prior experience was in the public sector—is remarkable.

Never have we had such inexperienced people leading our country, while seldom have we lived in such perilous times.


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