The joke goes, ‘Donald Trump is an immigrant’. Though, he’s not from some exotic place like me or perhaps you. His grandparents are Protestants from England ..the Wild West for Donald Trump’s family was America; and it’s still a wild place full of boom-town opportunities. At 70, a second generation American, he is now the president-elect of the USA.
He thinks the middle-class in Asia, Canada and Mexico rivals that of the USA — so forget about American tariff relief. He thinks Obamacare can be improved perhaps with better access, the type that comes to the customer. He’s wealthy but it seems to come and go like a ‘boom town’ operator instead of a ‘Rockafeller’. He thinks government ‘salary-men’ types operate in ‘ivory towers’ – too earnest for their own personal security than the communities they serve. At least, that to me is what I can fathom of the next American President, starting January 20, 2017 (Happy New Year!).
Donald Trump’s family is not without ‘service’ to their adopted country. One uncle invented x-ray technology that fights cancer today, was a professor at M.I.T. (in 1943, the Federal Bureau of Investigation requested John Trump to examine Nikola Tesla’s papers and equipment when Tesla died in his room at the New Yorker Hotel). The family’s fortunes were amassed by a grandfather who operated hotels in ‘boom towns’ of the Klondike. It seems like ‘yesterday’ thinking about it juxtaposed to HBO’s Manhattan. He was put in military high-school (and has said he received more training than the average student – sounds ‘wild’ considering his family said he was ‘wild’). Finally to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, because the university, Wharton, has this real-estate program (real-estate.wharton.upenn.edu/). Mind you, it doesn’t take many credits to ‘get it’ – I have 2 credits in geography and my cartographic start-up is now found on the National Government Of Canada/the European Union/the Great London websites (I wouldn’t trade it either, to be a salary-men type so I can lease a Lexus).
I might not agree with President Elect Donald Trump, I haven’t seen his plan in action, perhaps because I have my own Bachelor’s degree in Economics too. Obviously, I’m after ‘something else’ out of life. But governing is not business. Governing is about looking after the ‘well-being’ of all, where business is about the ‘well-being’ of your own brand-image. What is to come will be about how well Donald Trump can look after the American people, lest his family go back to ‘ordinary’ life after his term(s) – reputation here is as hard as money.
Personally, I think what has won Donald Trump the presidential office is ‘the operating check and balances that grew from his business mistakes’. Of a Cincinnati apartment complex, Swifton Village that was charged with racism, ‘Donald Trump Inc.’ reached an agreement to work with the Urban League to prevent ‘judging books by looks’. ‘Donald Trump Inc.’ is no sleek MBA Maserati Multinational with a glossy shell – it’s gears are open to the public like a classic-watch than an Apple iwatch. It is this one thing that has set him apart, what they call transparency, and technically not ‘hate’ nor ‘corrupt’. It is a very simple game where you stay at the table so long as you got ‘collateral’ – which is a ‘reputation’ worth something under the ‘American Dream’ (what they call ‘league rule-book’).
Survey says the ‘American Dream’ is satiated at $70,000 a year per household, so it’s not a game about ‘cash money’ either – it’s closer to being an M.I.T. professor and upholding Elizabeth & Son’s legacy (now Trump International) than getting on the ‘money board’ of Forbes, it’s like playing Tiger Wood’s Quicken Loans PGA Tour event that’s not on NBC, and everyone thinks he’s a shirker – for his ‘dad’. It’s closer to being the first in your family to earn a Bachelor’s degree because part-time at Starbucks makes the dream come true (www.starbucks.com/careers/college-plan). Because ‘there’s no iron-rice-bowl here! and like a classic Protestant, the power-elite might have forgotten that some people live like ‘college students’ until they die, eating ‘instant noodle’ and using transit where a good wait time is under 15 minutes per transfer and each route loops back within an hour or two. In the upcoming presidency, the technocratic bureaucracy, though their math has shown to fail them, might surprise or horrify Americans. Organizational ability is not a patent so it will be made transparent and judged like your credit-card-statement is an indictment or not — the government apparatus is suppose to be like an MBA Maserati and I think Donald Trump can drive one if you can.
Get ready to see what’s under the hold of this ‘beast’ – supposedly the best made in the world! His presidency will be an ‘open watch’ of the expertise of government.