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Why countries have less money than companies?

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http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-14340470
Why USA has less cash to spend than Apple?
Why countires couldn't be managed as companies?
Why countries couldn't be as innovative as companies ?

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  • Apr 2 2012: The main reason corporations in these times we live in have more cash (or rather, capital) than countries is because of thier priorities. All corporations make decisions based on a single purpose, to make money. A corporation's end-goal will always be to maximise profits and gain as much capital as possible.

    Countries SHOULDN'T be managed like corporations because a country's governement should focus on the overall well-being of its citizens, not profit. I'm not economics expert, but I believe in my lifetime I will see a change from a country being measured on how well it's doing not based on GDP but rather the overall well-being of its citizens. This will render the first question "Why countries have less money than companies?" completely moot, since money is not a priority.

    As for the final question, why countires cound't be as innovative as companies? I don't believe it should be the government's responsibility to innovate, but provide a platform on which innovation can stem. Provide education to children and affordable tuition fees so those children can grow up to be innovators. Set up incentives for business to have nicer working environments and good flexible working hours to keep the working population happy. If you provide the means, people will innovate. And that itself (in my opinion) is worth more than all of the gold in the entire world.
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      Apr 7 2012: Oh that our politicians would think of the good of the country over the good of their jobs and retirements. We need to be innovative in how we handle national issues like illegal immigration, poverty, joblessness, welfare dependence, and crime. There we can innovate and will need to in order to survive. It is my belief that people do not want the country to act like IBM or apple but to have an eye to fiscal responsibility, not spend more than they take in , not take out loans they cannot pay, and not give away money they do not have. This is a responsible business view of a country I think. We do not have that in congress, the executive branch, or the judicial branch and if it is not taken up soon we will follow Greece and other failing countries quickly.

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