Some Republican candidates are running for statewide office in Minnesota. See
http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/270538031.html and http://www.startribune.com/opinion/commentaries/270412441.html. They claim that their business experience makes them better qualified for government service.
Adam Smith seems to have thought differently. He said that those who live by profit are not to be trusted because they have often “deceived and oppressed” the public.
See “The Invisible Adam Smith” for more about this.