Tired. Frustrated. Angry. As in, “Why can’t anyone in Washington do their darn job?”
Hey, you don’t have to tell me twice. I’m down here in South Florida where the nationally famous mosquitoes live.
Instead of simply coming up with money to support the study and development of a vaccine, the Republicans added “stuff” to the funding bill and the Democrats refused to vote for it. Each side made poopy faces at the other and nothing got done.
You couldn’t just come up with money for this and only this? You couldn’t do even this one thing and get something – anything – done?
So, yeah, I get that part of it.
But here’s the part of it I don’t get: Donald Trump will fix it.
I’m going to try to do this entire post without my usual veiled (and sometimes not-so-veiled) shots at Mr. Trump and simply examine the core concept:
Donald Trump is both an outsider and a successful businessman and he will fix what’s wrong in Washington.
I think both can be looked at together.
First, a number of you reading this might be business owners. Even I once (partially) owned a business. What’s the best part about owning a business? No one to answer to.
That’s never going to be the case in Washington. Or any Democracy. There’s only one type of government in which that style works.
I won’t debate Donald Trump’s success in his real estate business. Through skill, acumen and force of will he has clearly built sizable wealth.
During this lifelong endeavor, he has gotten along with people because he has chosen to, not because he needed to. This is a particularly important distinction.
Additionally, his decisions are final. He hires the staff he feels will best support his goals but the success of his business is based on the decisions he makes, some with hard consequences for others associated with him.
The “business” of government is more like a multi-national conglomerate, not a self-made empire (used in the positive sense).
In that analogy, the President is like the CEO; Congress is the Executive Management team and the Judicial Branch is like the Board of Directors.
Even then, the analogy begins to fail, for, in the political model, the Executive Management team (Congress) actually makes and implements the “corporate strategy”.
The only way the President’s job could be comparable to Mr. Trump’s experience is through Executive Action, a power Mr. Trump has excoriated President Obama for using.
In all other ways, the President’s job is collaborative at best. When it comes to domestic policy, the “CEO” is at the mercy of his managers.
On the international stage, the issue becomes even fuzzier. History does not reflect well on dogmatic leaders. You can only draw so many lines in the sand.
At some point, you have to pay those checks you’ve written and in the world arena that can mean financial or military turmoil.
As offensive as it sounds to the tired, frustrated and angry, it’s always baby steps with the rest of the world. We are so inured from the chaos around the globe that we forget how short the fuses of war really are out there.
Nothing in the previous job requirements suggest Mr. Trump has any experience to help him understand and cope with these very real truths. If anything, the job would seem to chafe on him like a shirt with a collar two sizes too small.
One (or more) of you may have run a business. I have some of that experience. That doesn’t suggest any of us would make a good President.
You wouldn’t hire a pediatrician to fix your roof. You probably shouldn’t hire a real estate developer to fix your government.