A couple of months ago, Donald Trump was appointing his 36 year-old son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as his Special Emissary, who would settle the age-old dispute between the Israelis and the Arabs in Palestine. Now, since that job went nowhere fast, Jared has been tapped to reform the Federal Government. Really!
According to Trump, Jared Kushner will head the new “White House Office of Innovation”, supplying ideas from the Business World to the White House, with emphasis on Data and Technology. And as always with Donald, it will be “details to follow.” This idea has been contrived many times over the past century, and was never implemented–perhaps, because it borders on insanity!
Running a government like a business seems to make sense; but, only to a person who did not, or cannot, think it through! Last night, when a good friend, Liberal Arts through-and-through, read about it, she shrieked with laughter. Now, what does she get, that Donald and Jared don’t? Or was Mr. Trump just thinking hyperbolically? Now, remember that both Donald and Jared have only dealt with closely held, family owned companies. Not a real corporation!
Businesses are formed and operated to turn a profit and, those that don’t go out of business. Governments, on the other hand, are formed communally, by the people, to provide for common needs, such as: National Defense; Local Security; Public Education; Safe Commerce and Transportation; Prevent Pandemics; Scientific Research; etc. Whereas ineffective businesses ceases to exist, governments generally do not. A citizen registers their dissatisfaction at the ballot box; but, an unhappy customer must do so by taking their business elsewhere.
I believe that this Office of Innovation idea is just another Trumpian boondoggle, and perhaps just one more distraction from his major problems. They are well-known globally, such as: the possible Trump-Russia Collusion; his disastrous health care plan; his sliding “Favorability Rating”, etc. Many Americans today, even some who had voted for him, have begun to seriously question whether Donald Trump can govern, at all!
Donald Trump”s Cabinet Officers, and the various Agency Heads, are mostly a coterie of billionaires and other “Swamp Creatures”, who have little experience, if any, in the policy areas in which they were appointed, and no apparent interest in succeeding at the task. The are loyal ideologues, who seem to be embellishing their resumes, and available for photo-ops, with Donald, on a moment’s notice.
Budget-wise, Donald’s plan seems to be taking a meat-axe to departments that he has some ideological problems with. We already have a larger Defense Budget than the next seven nations (some say ten) combined. Is the 30% slice out of State your idea of attacking Secretary Clinton? But, 120 former generals have voiced their outrage over cutting the State Department, especially by such a large amount. Doesn’t Trump or Tillerson realize that money spent building hospitals, fighting malaria, and providing potable water to rural areas, will work more in our favor than all of the bombs and missiles you can fire?
Donald doesn’t need to reorganize the Federal government into something that it was never intended to be! Rather, he should transform the government into that “Fine-oiled machine”, which he has claimed it to be, by merely re-organizing his Regime! This whole thing is a distraction, intended to divert attention away from his possible collusion with Russia, the real position that Bannon is functioning, and whether he will ever get anything through Congress!
Trump should fire his key appointees–confirmed or not–and nominate/appoint capable people, who are ready to champion their respective departments. Ditch the Shadow Government, including Steve Bannon, who appears to head it! Donald will never bring America together if he has disruption and feuding within his Regime, while purposely holding rally’s, where he spews hatred and divisiveness.
Donald Trump should have realized, by now, that the only Wall that he will ever build, if he keeps on his current path, will be the one between him and the American People!