Reno Gazette Journal January 22, 2017
As the 45th President of the United States took his oath of office, it is important for us to pause and compare his cabinet with that of his predecessor’s. While much has been made of the lack of superficial diversity (ethnicity, national origin, skin color, etc.), scant attention has been paid to the diversity of thought. Of the 15 cabinet positions, four of them are former CEOs. Five of them have prior military experience and three of them are accomplished medical Doctors. Just two of them have all their experience in government. They all bring different perspectives to the table. They have run organizations with close to 100,000 employees. They understand the economic havoc reactionary legislations like Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank can wreak. They grasp the competitive disadvantage of American corporations resulting from onerous regulations. They have seen firsthand that such regulations lead to lost jobs. They lived their entire lives in an environment where success is defined, results are measured – in other words, success leads to rewards and failure has negative consequences.
Contrast that with Former President Obama’s cabinet. Of the 15 cabinet members, 13 of them came from purely government backgrounds. Those cabinet members and Obama himself never created a single job, never worked in the private sector (which is a vast majority of the US economy) and never worked in an environment where when you fail, you will be out of a job and you may end up sinking the entire ship. Most of Obama’s cabinet did not understand the feeling of showing up to work only to have your badge not work. They haven’t seen coworkers lose jobs because they did not deliver results. Layoffs, firings due to lack of performance and disciplinary action are alien to them. When was the last time we heard of a lay-off in government? Their experience is restricted to a protected environment where when you fail, you get more funding and bigger budgets, all at the expense of the taxpayer.
One final point: Unlike professional politicians such as the Clintons who now have a net worth of over $100 million after being “dead broke” when they left the White House and Harry Reid who mysteriously accumulated over ten million dollars in wealth on a government salary, Trump and his cabinet picks are sacrificing over a hundred million dollars a year in lost income and giving up their privacy to serve this great country. Serving America is an honor and it should not involve financial benefit. They have set an excellent standard for others to follow. And if they fail to deliver results, President Trump will not hesitate to replace them with someone who can get the job done. New Era. New Leadership. Real diversity. A stronger, powerful and economically dominant America that leads from the front.