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What would you ask Donald Trump?

May 16, 2016

It may surprise people like Ben Sasse (R-NE) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), not to mention Mitt Romney and the New York Times, but most of us just want to know if Donald Trump has a real plan of action to accomplish his campaign promises.

Actual  live voters and taxpayers really don’t care about the philosophical differences between a far-right conservative and a moderate Republican president.

We have heard all the flowery rhetoric and formulaic rants about the Constitution and conservative values so often it has become just so much white noise. Likewise with the “sex sells” ratings wars.

Given a chance, real people might engage Mr. Trump like this:

  1. Every candidate for 50 years has said they are going to end waste, fraud and abuse, but none have had an intelligent plan for actually ending it. Will you commit to engaging the GAO, the OMB and a coalition of private accounting talent to conduct a prioritized full forensic audit of each of the 15 Cabinet-level agencies, including bureaus and departments?  If the financial results you are talking about are possible, will you then implement your solutions within a reasonable time frame?
  2. Will you commit to semi-annual performance reviews for agency and department heads and mercilessly replace under-performers?
  3. Will you end the practice of awarding bonuses for simply showing up at work?
  4. Will you commit to having legislation introduced that more narrowly defines the actual division of power and responsibilities between states and the Federal government?
  5. What specific legislation or policy would you sponsor to change the voting process to give power back to the people so that one-man one-vote really means something?
  6. Will you introduce legislation to put Congressional term limits on the national ballot by 2018, since it’s obvious that Congress will always vote against it?
  7. If you find out we really are broke (as a nation) what will you do about it?
  8. If you can’t lure businesses back with lower taxes and fewer regulations, what is your Plan B to grow the economy?
  9. Will you put some real teeth into the whistleblower law, so the people that know where the skeletons are cached will come forward?
  10. What will you do to ensure that warring intra-party factions compromise?

No one cares about  the intra-party rivalries at this point. They don’t care about the Donald’s love life from 20 or 30 years ago. They want the candidate to deal in specifics about his approach to performing the job at hand.

Believe it or not, this election really matters to an awful lot of people. They wish that mattered that much to the political class

From → op-ed

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