Reprinted from Smirking Chimp
Donald Trump touts his business "success" as a major qualification for running the country. So how does Trump run his businesses and what does this mean for the country? And what about this idea that government should be run like a business, anyway?
The Republican presidential presumptive nominee's mouth makes it difficult to rationally discuss the important issues of the 2016 campaign. Nonetheless, voters will need to know what the country and economy will be like after the election. The candidate's core philosophy of government is a core issue.
So how would Trump run the government? Any search for policy or issue specifics or detailed proposals, whether on Trump's website or in his speeches, comes up short on specifics or proposals of any kind.
Trump's Idea Of Managing Government
In "How Trump Would Manage the Federal Government," Government Executive tries to discern what Trump would do:
"'My specifics are very simple,' Trump said on This Week. 'I'm going to get great people that know what they're doing, not a bunch of political hacks that have no idea what they're doing, appointed by President Obama, that doesn't have a clue.'"
Government Executive did find this:
He laid out his views in his 2000 book, "The America We Deserve":
"First: Get government out of activities it can't do well. (A list of things government doesn't do well is a very long list.) Second: Get government back in the business of providing for public convenience (transportation, public works) and safety (police and firefighters), and make sure it does so efficiently. Then judge its efforts by visible, definable results and fine-tune as needed."
Who does Trump cite as a manager he would use as a role model? A September Bloomberg profile, "How Trump Invented Trump," asked him:
"When Trump is asked to name a leader he looks to for advice on managing his company, his mouth, just as acrobatic as his more famous hair, pulls tight, snaps open, and lets out its most important syllable.
"'Me,' Trump says.
"'Mirror,' says one of the two deputies in the room. 'The mirror.'
"'I look at me,' says Trump.
"Does he admire any other business leaders?