Who do you trust?

I live in Seattle.  Therefore, I must have strong opinions on politics.  Therefore, here’s my first political commentary.  Therefore, my logical proceedings are rooted in navy-ese, as evidenced by my use of “therefores.”

A friend of mine recently asked the question, “Who do you trust?” His intention was to highlight the facts vs. faith para-dig-um many people view their world through.  They either hear something and research it, then make a determination, or they hear something and decide to believe in it if it fits in their world-view.

Here’s a different question, but the same idea:  Who do you trust, Big Business, or Big Government?  Take this Californian race:

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/11/04/fiorina-jumps-into-high-profile-senate-race/

On the one hand, we’ve got a group saying that we must have the government spend money to make money, and since the gov can borrow (from the people, the future, the federal government, foreign agencies), they should be the ones to jump-start the economy since they have sufficient pockets and are more likely to beneficially spend the cash.  They can put people back to work both with inside and contractual jobs, who would then spend their newfound income on consumer products, etc spread it around blah blah.

On the other hand, you’ve got a (politically) unknown person running for position whose sole platform to date is to cut expenses, cut borrowing, and presumably cut taxes.  She’s absolutely right that politicians need to reach “consensus on a host of issues,” but I think every candidate for the last 15 years has said that.  And there’s always the chance that she’s running as a closet HP exec, just trying to reduce their onus to the taxman.

So what do you think?  If Lee Iaccoca had run for office after his Chrysler victory in the early eighties, foregoing Reaganomics, would we be in a better place (barring that whole Berlin Wall thing)?  Can federal programs exist in a world where ends have to meet and the ink has to be black?

Would it be better if the government could be run like a business and routinely “trim the fat,” even if it’s not a truly Lean company?  To me, it seems like (taking away the political infighting of the assembly) if this ex-CEO could impart the kind of self-motivating mindset often found in performance-driven organizations, if the employees suddenly had it in their best interests to produce a quality product, wouldn’t that really turn the corner?

So who do you trust:  the current style of government with its own longevity based on public opinion at heart, or a government-run like a business with its own longevity base at heart?

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