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Politicians need not apply?

December 9, 2016

In case no one’s noticed, being a Washington insider isn’t exactly the prime qualification for inclusion in President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees.

That’s not to say that being a political maven is an automatic disqualifier either.  If that were true Reince Priebus would not be Chief of Staff, but it certainly isn’t numero uno on the list of must-haves for consideration.

That’s scaring the pants off the political class.

“But that’s not the way we do things” or “this is so scary” is music to the ears of those voters who note wryly that politicians haven’t exactly proven their usefulness lately.

Seemingly still lost on the political elite is that while 62.5 million people did vote FOR Donald Trump, they were also voting AGAINST the political establishment.

If you imagine the electoral map as a blackboard, this election was meant to be an eraser.

There’s no doubt that this little experiment will either be the start of a reaffirmation of citizen-centered government or the disaster of a generation.

There is a danger is that in his somewhat single-minded focus on making America great again, the 45th President will forget that the rest of the world is neither inclined nor conditioned to overlook the same things that hardly make a ripple with the Trump base.

In a world climate that is looking to find excuses, however flimsy, to take umbrage at every deviation from long-established norms, it would at least be wise to acknowledge the existence of the edge, even if your intention is to build a bridge to the other side and move ahead.

There is also the reality that some people may find themselves caught in the rising tide of change.

While having people with a strong business or military background works well in smaller groups such as a cabinet setting, these picks will have an effect domestically on some 2+ million Federal government and civilian employees.

The concept of being judged on performance and outcomes will be a systemic shock, presuming of course that the administration can cut through the red tape and unionized civil service culture.

Think of it as the government equivalent of having to maintain a C average to keep your phone, and a B or better if you want additional data added to your package.

It isn’t as though the President-elect hasn’t fired warning shots. There’s been nothing sneaky about his methods so far.

You think your privileged government contractor status allows you unique perks?  Ask Boeing and Carrier how that works.

You think he isn’t serious about rekindling some sense of loyalty from the business community to the country that made their success possible?  Ask the Carrier workers what they think about that.

Think Obamacare can’t be changed?  Hold onto your hat.

Of the half-dozen or so core issues he campaigned on, the President-elect is already setting up the chess board to make them happen, preferably sooner rather than later.

Right now most of his base either thinks he’s right on target, or at worst they are willing to let him have it his way for awhile and see what happens.

If he is to make serious inroads into big things like the national debt or military preparedness, at some point the shoe is going to pinch somebody’s toes.

One thing you can be fairly certain of…the sacred cows are being hazed over the hill to retirement.

From → op-ed

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