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The Trump Cabinet.

December 22, 2016

When was the last time you heard someone say I want to fail at everything I try?

Do you tell your kids they should aspire to be failures when they grow up?

It may be presumptuous, but it’s probably a safe bet you’ve never said either of those things.

So what’s all the fuss about Donald Trump’s cabinet choices?

First, the rap is that these are all successful (as defined by the size of their bank accounts) in their own right. Most of them were not born to wealth, but if they were (like PEOTUS Trump) they built upon their beginnings. And of course, none of the military personnel joined up to get rich.

Second, the whole reason people voted for him was because whatever we’ve been doing in Washington for the last quarter century isn’t working very well.

Third, in a business you can be fired.  If these people don’t produce the results their boss is looking for, they’ll be out of a job.

If you look under the covers, the real rap is that these folks are not professional politicians, meaning they are not beholden to any special interest group for their next meal.

The incoming President ran on one principle, namely that the government needed to be held to the same standards of performance as is any business.

Judging from the result, that seems to have set well with enough people to carry the day.

There are certainly some names in the new administration that the left has delighted in making boogey men out of for decades. The howls when Carl Icahn was named as a special adviser were deafening.

The now-deleted MTV YouTube video  “2017 Resolutions for White guys” was a tired litany of excuses for the failures of the past 25 years. There certainly didn’t seem to be a lot of future leaders of America on display there.

The thing is, if you want to run the country to the same standard of performance as a business, it might be a good idea to take counsel from people who have actually succeeded in business.

It’s pretty likely the next 130 days are not going to be comfortable for the calcified institution that is Washington D.C.

That’s kind of the point, isn’t it?

From → op-ed

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