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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, T Boone Pickens - Bipartisan Screening Committee?

1/3/2016  articles

To have a real chance to win both the primary and the general election, an outsider candidate like Donald Trump must do two things: to separate himself from the Bush administration and strongly associate Hillary Clinton with the security failures of the Obama administration.

“In fact, the Trump mantra for the remainder of his 2016 GOP primary campaign could easily be “No more Bush. No more Clinton.”

“Americans of all political persuasions feel threatened by ISIS, however, neither the Republican National Committee nor the Democratic National Committee ‘gets it’ yet. In addition, American voters do not typically give their politicians unlimited time to solve serious national security threats – both G.W. Bush and the Obama-Clinton team took way too long and have been held responsible for it.

“Bottom Line: Donald Trump could win if he convinces voters that he will quickly and aggressively eliminate the terrorist threat to the American homeland from ISIS and destroy it overseas. Moreover, he must convince them that electing Mrs. Clinton means more ISIS attacks at home and an embarrassing continuation of failed Obama-Clinton policies in the Middle East.” The Washington Times, Dec. 30, Daniel Gallington, the last bipartisan general counsel for the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

“It’s all about management. It’s all about leadership.” Donald Trump

But what is the difference between a leader and a manager?

Paul Mero, CEO of Leadership Project for America says that the next president should answer the question of “Why? Not How?

Mero writes: “Billionaire T. Boone Pickens is weighing in on the presidential race in a profound way, calling for a “bipartisan screening committee that vets presidential candidates like we do anyone else applying for a job and recommends the best candidate possible.

Mr. Pickens has never flirted with running for president himself, but he has been known to influence the outcome in previous elections.

Perhaps he sees the success of his fellow billionaire Donald Trump as a threat to the process. When Mr. Trump was asked how he proposed to register Muslims in the United States, citizen and non-citizen alike, in a national data base to track their every move, his response was “effective management.”

We can surmise that this also is his answer for how he foresees rounding up and herding millions across the Mexican border.

Every successful businessman knows the importance of effective management. And it’s not surprising that a businessman would approach government problems the same way.

When you are a hammer everything looks like a nail. In fact, the conservative mantra over the past 50 years is that governments ought to be run like businesses—a good point given all the inefficiencies inside government programs.

But government is not a business, and management is not leadership. Though a managerial eye might be important for our nation’s top executive—pushing to rid government programs of waste and fraud—leadership is the primary role of the American presidency and its commander in chief.

Should the 2016 candidates, Democrats and Republicans, be worried about T.Boone Pickens?

What do you think? Let us know.


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