Mr. Trump visited our fair city yesterday. Amidst the hubbub of hurricane recovery, he attracted a substantial audience, caused a traffic jam and said some things. The local news captured a mother and almost-voting-age daughter for an interview. The mother told the reporter that she was a Trump supporter because this country has to be run like a business. The daughter nodded.
It wasn’t too long ago that I might have agreed. I’m a business person, have been for my whole career. The stereotypes of “businesses get things done,” and “governments are all bureaucratic red tape,” resonated with me. Over the past years I’ve watched a paralyzed government doing everything possible to throw in more red tape, to the point where I’m not sure we can survive in the long term. And it isn’t any one side – it’s both sides.
A business approach sounds good on the surface. You have a smart, talented, get-things-done CEO who makes decisions and moves forward. (more…)