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Old 02-25-2020, 05:15 AM
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Originally Posted by cmkeller View Post
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True in some ways, but there's considerable overlap. Politicians (especially of the executive sort) deal with budgets, income and expenses, effective allocation of resources, brokering alliances with other entities and/or deciding when such alliances are detrimental, hiring, firing, promoting and otherwise handling employees, and knowing when to delegate and when to take a personal hand in matters. Having a business background can't be too bad a thing to bring to an executive political office.
You could say the same thing about having a military background, or a union background, or a senior academic background, or a background in NGOs. I'd agree that yes, managing any sort of large, complex organization is valid experience for executive political office; I'd also say that of all of the possible organizations one could have experience in, experience in a commercial organization is the least relevant to politics, if only because unlike a business, a nation is, at its heart, a non-profit organization.

So elect more generals, more union bosses, more college presidents, more non-profit organizers, and maybe elect a few CEOs too.