Doctor Knows Best?…


Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, November 5, 2007

Anybody — with the exception pandering Republican presidential hopefuls — will tell you that government has a necessary role in economic development. To me, that role is one of physician: Government is there to encourage healthy growth while performing periodic examinations to check for trouble. Simple enough. The system makes sense and has every possibility of working. No need to stop going to the doctor. (Conversely, there’s also no need let the doctors take over completely. Re: pandering Democratic presidential hopefuls.)

So if there’s nothing intrinsically wrong with the system, what’s the problem for Michigan businesses? Well, they have had (and continue to have) an extraordinarily incompetent doctor. And having reached the age when annual physicals sometimes involve cavity searches, nothing brings that image home like sandpaper gloves…..

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