Like any neurotic father-in-law, Trump created a job for his daughter’s husband, Jared Kushner.
The position is running the Office of American Innovation, which didn’t exist until yesterday.However, it’s goal, which is to let a 36 year-old real estate agent run every inch of the U.S. government like a profit-hungry business, is as destined to fail as Trump casinos.
Kushner told the Washington Post,
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.
This is the part where it’s hard to decide if we should laugh, or try to explain to the appointed czar-in-law that government is not supposed to be run like a for-profit corporation. It’s supposed to be a conduit for elected representatives to set rules, and spend taxpayers’ money for the collective good of the nation.
Kushner also misses the mark by calling American citizens, ‘customers.’ Customers buy goods and services chosen from a variety of competitive suppliers. Consumer purchases include everything from utilities and personal use items to entertainment and luxury products.
The role of government is none of the above. It does not sell electricity, water, clothing, yachts, or iPhones. Instead, it’s supposed to set the rules for businesses to create ‘customers.’ Additionally, it provides national security, manages land, food safety, disaster relief, monetary policy, and a litany of other public and private sector functions.
There is nothing wrong with seeking ways to streamline the way government functions. But trying to turn an apple into a banana is another story. The people who run private and stockholder-owned companies don’t, and shouldn’t, have the same goals as government.
As The Atlantic points out,
For many of the biggest and most expensive operations of the federal government, there is no private sector analog from which to take good ideas or best practices. For instance, no one in the private sector manages a nuclear arsenal. That’s what many people in the Department of Energy do. And no one in the private sector makes plans and conducts operations for the defense of Europe. That’s what they do over at the Pentagon.
Trump sold millions of voters on the idea that a real estate agent turned reality TV star could run a country like a business. So far, that’s not working out very well. And doubling-down on a bad idea is not going to make it a good one.
Sorry, Jared. Nepotism might work in the real estate business, but it sucks when it’s forced on a country that needs real leaders who know what government should and should not do.
Tell lawmakers what you think of their plans for your future by calling the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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