Debunking Metaphors: “Government is like a Business”

“Government is like a business”. You’ve heard the metaphor before. In order to make it easier for a lay person to understand a complex political issue, pundits and politicians will try to relate it to something familiar, and one of the most frequently chosen metaphors is the business or household. Mitt Romney’s candidacy for US President is predicated on the notion that, because he has successfully run businesses, he can successfully run the government.

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