WASHINGTON - The White House budget office has directed federal agencies to shut down, lacking funding from Congres
With the coming election less than four weeks away, let's pretend the United States is a large national company, and, putting politics and policy aside, let's look at the two candidates in the same way executive recruiters do when searching for top talent for client companies. In our case, as a global firm headquartered in Canada, we can do this with the distinct advantage of being at some distance from the fray.
Through the head-hunter's prism, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney bring to the table very different pros and cons. Business and politics are different in many, many respects. However, a chief executive and a President share certain attributes to be successful.
Woody Allen once said that basketball transports us to a primitive place for higher learning. The loose arrangement of strangers balling on public pavement illustrates many of the ivory tower's arguments surrounding health insurance. We can try breaking it down like this...
Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of the sweeping health care law championed by President Barack Obama. Thursday's decision means that 32 million uninsured Americans will enter a health care market in which supply is largely fixed -- there is no equally large mass of new doctors, nurses, radiologists and the like entering the medical profession to deal with this sudden bulge of customers.
North Americans have a faddish embrace of an imagined European model that is supposedly free of waiting lists and can serve as models of more efficient and fairer health care for Canada and the U.S.