Wednesday, April 20, 2005

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels admits he would lie, steal, cheat or put a dead horse head in your bed, in order to get what he wants

Well, not exactly, but almost. In the Indy Star, Indiana Republican Governor Mitch Daniels was quoted as saying "the best business textbook I ever read was The Godfather."

This article is very interesting. The Governor's staff is very carefully crafting an image of the governor as a no-nonsense CEO in charge of state government. This is supposed to impress everyone.

Republicans need to be careful.

They may actually get what they think they want - highly efficient state government using a business model.

Highly effective American companies are not democracies. They are benevolent dictatorships. They work because they are free to operate in a capitalistic but democratic government operated by messy, cumbersome checks and balances that keep the sways in power from being too erratic. Most Americans tend to be pragmatists and moderates and not very tolerant of severe swings in any direction.

I don't think our American forefathers ever envisioned a government at any level that was designed to be highly efficient in a business model. Try to imagine something worse than a highly powerful and highly efficient government that has views the polar opposite of what yours are. Do Americans REALLY want efficient government using a business model? Or do you want checks and balances that provide stability for the nation?

Or do you want to wake up with a bleeding horse head in your bed?

It worked for The Godfather and it got things done - I'll give Mitch that.

Stay tuned. Coming soon - a satire piece starring the The Godfather Governor.


At Wednesday, April 20, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trains ran on time in Germany prior to WWII...

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...

You are absolutely right. The Germans prior to WWII were highly efficent and effective. Their trains ran on time and carried 6 million Jews to their death.

You are making my point for me.

Making laws and setting policies regarding the need, purpose, and mission of a train system should be diffcult, time-consuming and require open and public debate. Especially if the purpose is to carry 6 million people to their death.

Only after the inefficiency of public debate and eventual law-making, does the efficiency of government matter one whit.

Only when the public democracy supports the purpose and destination of the train system, will it matter if the trains run on time.

First The Godfather, now Hitler...what's next?

At Wednesday, April 20, 2005, Blogger EdWonk said...

I don't know about benevolent, but many businesses are dictatorships alright. Especially those whose board of directors are essentially rubber stamps for the CEOs.

As for the Republicans, they are a major disappointment in that they have proven to be as addicted to pork barrel politics as much (or even more) than the Democrats.

Can you just imagine the corruption that must be going on concerning military and commissary contracts for the "war" on Terror?

It's a shame that the fourth estate seems to have entered into a period of self-imposed meekness.

Where is the new generation of Bernsteins and Woodwards?

They are waiting for an administration press-release and a guided tour of the "War" zone.

At Thursday, April 21, 2005, Blogger Indiana Public School Superintendent said...


I have given the "highly effective" business the benefit of the doubt about being benevolent.

I suppose that could be a stretch. But there are plenty of American businesses that do care about their employees and pay livable wages.

Someone once said that what makes America great is the sense of "enlightened self-interest" in our capitalistic economy.

I sense that we have lost the "enlightened" part and now America is only about "self-interest."

When a state governor actually says The Godfather is a great business textbook and everyone accepts it at face know its all about self-interest.

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