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The main theme of Donald Trump's presidential campaign is that our government should be run like a business, with the president as chief executive. It's an idea championed by many looking for fiscal responsibility at the federal level. But President Obama pushed back strongly against this concept last week, and he's not alone. Is modeling government after for-profit business a great idea—or the worst idea ever? Vote below!

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Here are some highlights from Obama's Carnegie Mellon speech. 

TL;DR? Government has a completely different set of problems and goals than for-profit businesses do. The president also threw shade at Silicon Valley CEOs who want to "advise" him on how to run the country.

The final thing I’ll say is that government will never run the way Silicon Valley runs because, by definition, democracy is messy. This is a big, diverse country with a lot of interests and a lot of disparate points of view. And part of government’s job, by the way, is dealing with problems that nobody else wants to deal with.
So sometimes I talk to CEOs, they come in and they start telling me about leadership, and here’s how we do things. And I say, well, if all I was doing was making a widget or producing an app, and I didn’t have to worry about whether poor people could afford the widget, or I didn’t have to worry about whether the app had some unintended consequences -- setting aside my Syria and Yemen portfolio -- then I think those suggestions are terrific. (Laughter and applause.) That's not, by the way, to say that there aren't huge efficiencies and improvements that have to be made.
But the reason I say this is sometimes we get, I think, in the scientific community, the tech community, the entrepreneurial community, the sense of we just have to blow up the system, or create this parallel society and culture because government is inherently wrecked. No, it's not inherently wrecked; it's just government has to care for, for example, veterans who come home. That's not on your balance sheet, that's on our collective balance sheet, because we have a sacred duty to take care of those veterans. And that's hard and it's messy, and we're building up legacy systems that we can't just blow up.
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Others argue we've already tried this concept with Hoover and George W. Bush, our first MBA president. Our government has problems, but treating it like a business won't solve them.

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But many people are sick of the entrenched bureaucracy and total lack of accountability from our political leaders. Couldn't adding in free-market incentives solve some of our problems? 

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It's definitely a concept that's very popular with conservatives and Trump supporters. When Americans see successful startups make headlines daily, it's no wonder they want some of that innovation and drive for their government.

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Making sectors like healthcare, national defense, education, and environmental protection profit-driven can have seriously dangerous outcomes (Example A: Martin Shkreli).

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Should government be run like a business?
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