On this historic Inauguration Day, and believe me it is historic, I thought I’d take time to share just why I think it is historic. By historic I don’t mean something that historians and people who love history think is important. Not there are not, already, many things to make the Trump Presidentcy interesting. Being elected without getting even a plurality of the vote, having the lowest approval of any any President since approval was measured, just to name two interesting historical points. No, I’m talking about JFK, or Harding, or Hover historic.
Not since FDR took over from Hover has this country embarked on such a great political science experiment. We are now going to see if what many business schools have been teaching for decades, that at high enough levels of management it is all the same. That knowing what the job is about doesn’t have much effect on doing the job as it is all the same. Managing Banking conglomerate is much like managing an Manufacturing conglomerate. Now we get to find out if making deals in the financial stratospher is just like making deals in international politics.
Decades from now Political Scientists will marvel at our audacity/ courage/foolishness/stupidity to take radical move. Think I’m being pulemic? Well, lets just look at a few facts. President Trump has absolutely no experience in any kind of politics, other than the petit politics of business, and now he will have to work with some of the most practiced practitioners of the arcane art of gran politics.
Most, if not all, of his cabinet has no experience with the departments they are going to be running. Some, like his Secretary of State, do have some experience running ultra large corporations. But corporations are not nations and they do not play for the same trivial stakes like money and personal power. These people play for real stakes, life, death and the existence of whole nations and people.
Others, like President Trumps Secondary of Education, comes in with no experience in education other than promoting her idea of how education should be run. She has no expreance in management, other than being a board member, in running a business and not even that in running a school. She has not even been in a public school herself. So now we have a non-academic (aka dilettante) theoretican running a national department. We are really putting to the test the hypothesis that anyone with half a brain can do the job.
So now we are on the road to find out if the long held belief that the government should be run just like a business. We have a Business President and a business cabinate. Let the experiment begin!