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FAYETTEVILLE, NC - DECEMBER 06: President-elect Donald Trump shakes the hand of retired U.S. Marine General James Mattis after naming him Secretary of Defense at Crown Coliseum on December 6, 2016 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Trump took time off from selecting the cabinet for his incoming administration to celebrate his victory in the general election. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

The election is over and the selection of potential members of the president’s cabinet has begun.

Which brings us to the question — Which cabinet is better for the American people — business people or political people?

For many years after WW II many people didn’t want to see military generals in charge of the Department of Defense. It was believed that civilians would make more rational decisions when it came to military conflict.

No one relished a banker as the head of Treasury.

I realize that a presidential cabinet is not all or nothing. There will always be variations trying to reach the ideal. Yet no one is going to be completely satisfied with the final makeup.


Politics as usual is what we seem to get more of than we need from Washington. The more things change on the political stage the more they stay the same.

You don’t get to the highest echelons of power without knowing where are all the bodies are buried.

You vote for my bill and I’ll vote for yours.

Bills are passed, speeches made, blue ribbon panels are called, and everyone goes home happy no matter what the result of it all.

There’s no penalty for doing nothing.


Business as usual is what we seem to get from Wall Street to Main Street. Only with one exception — you have to make a profit in business.

To make that happen someone has to actually do some work. That’s not really required from politicians.

I’ll vote for your bill only if it profits the American people.

Pass your bills, make your speeches, call blue ribbon panels but at the end of the day something better get done or everyone goes home unhappy.

Some Final Thoughts

As a businessperson I’ve always wondered what Washington would be like IF it were run like a business.

Where things had to get done — deadlines had to be met. No more continuing resolutions.

People need jobs, roads and streets need repair, but instead politicians reward you with a nice new transportation museum in your state.

Not even close to how business would do it.

But we’ve never seen government run as a business. It could be a disaster or prosperity beyond belief. I guess we’ll know which in four years.

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