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How would you drain the swamp?

December 15, 2016

We can’t survive without career politicians in charge! That seems to be the main rallying cry in Washington these days from both sides of the aisle.

Well, we are about to find out if we can.

News Alert!  The people don’t trust career politicians anymore.

Wishful thinking by the people who elected him to the contrary, President-elect Trump really can’t fire the entire Washington political establishment.

What he can do is replace the people at the top of the food chain with qualified partners, and let them set the tone in D.C.

Whether the Senate, still occupied by people from both sides of the aisle who weren’t and aren’t Trump fans, will seek to stop or slow the change remains to be seen.

It’s a foregone conclusion that ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson will be the beachhead for every opposition member of Congress, but particularly senators, to either defend or attack.

This native Texan has drawn both incoming and covering fire from the moment his name surfaced in the Secretary of State lottery.

The left has predictably painted him as just another evil oil baron who has raped and pillaged the earth on his way through his business career.

His supporters, among them Condeleeza Rice, a former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, and Robert Gates a former Secretary of Defense under both Bush 43 and President Obama do have a bit of experience with the job Mr. Tillerson has been tapped to fill.

As dutifully noted by the liberal press, they also have business ties with him as well, through contracts his company has with their consulting firm.

Of course every pick for President Trump’s cabinet has drawn criticism that they are just more of the same old swamp.

So who would the nattering nanny crowd prefer, newer politicians and Ivy League academics?  How about a few actors and musicians?

Maybe we should just line people up by race and gender and pick three of this and five of those, and one of each of those.  Sort of like assembling the morning office doughnut order.

This is, by the standards of the recent past an odd assortment to be sure. Some politicians but a good many coming in straight from the business world.

Still, if your aim is to shake off the status quo and re-prioritize America’s goals, it does have its attractions.

Who better to deal with over-regulation than the people who have had to deal with the consequences of those regulations?

Who knows more about the consequences of war than the people who fight wars?

Why in the world would you ever pick a doctor-turned-legislator to overhaul the healthcare system?

That’s just plain crazy, right?

Not if you apply a new set of metrics, with those being assembled around the idea that results do matter.

No safe spaces here.

There are no safe spaces in the business world that Donald Trump has lived in for most of his life.

At its highest levels, the world of business is the most results-oriented, excuseless environment there is today.

Whether you are the VP of operations or the chief sanitary engineer, your job is to hit the company goals for your department.

What that means for these people being proposed for the Cabinet is that they don’t have any choice but to bring their projects in on-time and on-budget.

Unlike CYA politicians or tenured academics, there is no way to hide the fact that your company is going bankrupt, or that your area of responsibility is holding up the completion date of a project.

Success is the only way you can guarantee your next paycheck.

If President Trump runs the country in the classic business mode, he has picked these people to help him accomplish defined production goals.

If they don’t deliver, or if the goals change or evolve and they can’t or won’t adapt, or they simply don’t have the skills required at the moment, whining to HR won’t be an option.

A dose of reality

It’s going to take a while for the Washington crowd and the liberal media to assimilate into that new reality.

For their own sake, it would behoove them to do that on a vastly shortened timeline.

From → op-ed

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