Government Is Not a Business.
Stop Running It Like One.
Inside the Republican debate in Detroit March 3, GOP candidates will be recalling the spirit of President Ronald Reagan who proclaimed, “Government is not the solution to your problems. It is the problem.”
For decades now, we have been hammered with this anti-government messaging and lived under the tyranny of anti-government governing.
In Detroit, Flint, Highland Park, Pontiac and other Michigan cities, we know first hand what we get when government is run by politicians who hate government – A government people hate.
In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder showed his contempt for democracy and local autonomy by running government like a business.
What does running government like a business look like?
- Top-down, undemocratic rule, like a CEO unelected and unaccountable to the people
- Secrecy, out of the scrutiny of the public eye and the media
- Operating with the Bottom Line as the only consideration worth considering and ignoring public health and the real desires and needs of people.
Outside the Fox Theater March 3, Detroiters will be saying we disagree with the conservative Republicans' hatred of government.
We say democratically-elected government is the very tool we need to solve the problems we face:
- stagnating incomes
- unsafe and unaffordable water
- emergency management
- suppression of our right to vote
- denial of a workers' right to join a union without fear of retribution
- police violence and inequality
Let's get the differences straight: Business is about maximizing private profit for stockholders.
Government is about maximizing fairness and justice for all.
We are sick and tired of government of the corporation, by the corporation and for the corporation.
Running government like a business clearly does not work. It does not “promote the General Welfare,” as the writers of our Constitution understood government's role to be.
It's time to restore government of the people, by the people and for the people.
Join the Republican Debate Protest
Thursday, March 3, 7:00 PM
Fox Theater, 2211 Woodward, Detroit 48201