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Should “Entrepreneurs” Abandon Business to Join Government?

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In a major address on his “New Management Agenda,” President Obama gave an alarming indication of his underlying contempt for the private sector. He emphasized his desire to recruit “the brightest minds” to work in government and said “I’m going to be asking more people around the country – more inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries – to sign up and serve.”

Really?

Won’t “inventors and entrepreneurs and visionaries” help the country more by starting businesses and creating jobs?

Would America have benefited if Steve Jobs had become a Washington bureaucrat instead of building one of the world’s most dynamic companies?

President Obama and his apologists forget that it’s the private economy and for-profit enterprise that’s the source of growth and progress, and taking resources from the private sector to work for the feds hardly helps that process.

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