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Dear Mr. President,
For the past 70 days I didn’t know whether I should cry or laugh when I picked up the newspaper and read your latest proclamations. I have, on several instances, called for a self-imposed ban of newspapers and news programs because I couldn’t take yet again another vile Trumpian tweet over the Muslim ban, the wall, healthcare, the environment, fake news, and wiretapping.
This week was already fairly overwhelming, and then I saw this tasty morsel in the Washington Post: Trump taps Kushner to lead a SWAT team to fix government with business ideas.
Your son-in-law states in the article, “We should have excellence in government. The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”
It’s a lovely sentiment, but one wonders which company and business practices will this new office try to emulate? I hope it isn’t a Trump venture such as the casinos, the University, or some of your questionable real estate holdings. However, the real point is that government is not business. Its purpose is not for profiteering, but to protect the individual rights of citizens.
What concerns me about this SWAT team of business leaders, who have been recruited to revitalize our government, is that many of them have no political experience. Will their participation be in the interest of “the people” or will it be skewed to their board members and stockholders?
There’s no doubt we have stagnation in government and we need innovation. I question, though, whether projects brought forth via The White House Office of American Innovation will be awarded to friends of Jared and Donald or will smaller companies have a fair chance of getting involved?
Somehow, I don’t think this new venture will change anything.