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Friday, January 13, 2017

Why President Trump doesn't hire Yes Men

Reporters in Washington looked up from their list of Democratic talking points and noticed something. Despite assurances from the press that he would, President Trump did not hire a bunch of Yes Men

Wrong again, media.

In hearings so far, Trump's Cabinet appointees have disagreed with Trump on a few issues.

President Trump tweeted this morning, "All of my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!"

This created some discussion. Joe Scarborough tweeted in a link to a highlight of his show: "Trump Cabinet nominees contrast with President-Elect: How big is the daylight between them?"

It was a good discussion.

Welcome to the difference between capitalism and government. Successful CEOs do not surround themselves with lackeys. Obama did.

The major problem in government is there is no incentive to innovate. The people in government go from school to working in the government without spending time outside that machine.

So the answer to every problem is more government. Look at the cockamamie approach to the rising childhood obesity among the poor. Rather than reducing food stamps and forbidding their use to buy snacks, Congress decided to feed them more by offering another free meal at school.

Trump's approach is that of a man who at 25 took over the family business and turned it from a local real estate operation worth $100 million to a multi-national conglomerate worth 100 times as much.

Why doesn't President Trump hire Yes Men?

Because he wants to get things done.

Ed Morrissey praised Trump, but...
Trump seems to have gathered that voters wanted some sacred cows slaughtered, but mostly want governance based on competence from a Right-leaning perspective. The Senate should take away from this that personnel will truly be policy, and that while Trump might push the rhetorical boundaries, his Cabinet officials will take a more traditional path. At least, that’s true of these Cabinet officials. Maybe it behooves them to confirm these, lest others come along with more problematic consistency to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Addendum: Just to boil down why I think “seriously, not literally” applies: Trump picked these people for these positions. If personnel is policy, then these are the policies that Trump actually wants implemented, and his campaign rhetoric on these points was mainly for effect. That also explains why Trump picked an existing VA exec rather than go for an outsider for radical change.
Discounting Trump's promises as "campaign rhetoric" dismisses the point. He will build the wall. He will drain the swamp. He will enable the people to Make America Great Again.

Don't worry about the VA. The plan of offering vets their choice between VA care and the local hospital is a radical change that should improve health care for vets. The appointment of someone inside may indicate no outsider wanted the job.

Trump has given his executives tasks. How they accomplish them is up to them.

Over at the Wall Street Journal, readers reacted to "Trump Lashes Out at Hillary Clinton, Intelligence Officials in Tweets" by ignoring that food fight and looking at the real story: Trump tweeting support of his people even when they publicly disagree.

From Arleen Steinberg:
What we are seeing is that Trump is mature enough to take varying opinion and facts that diverge from his own. He will be Assimilation Central, and then make decisions based on the best information he can find as well as use his internal compass.
This is much better  leadership than by  an ideologue like Obama who shut out diverging opinion for example  by calling them deniers, or by Clinton calling them deplorable.
Both functioned by ideology .
Pragmatism and leadership were voted for by the people, and hopefully that will be delivered by President Trump. 
Although there is still much despair over the election from the other side, it is really time for the other side to grow up and act more like adults, and that includes Republicans, Democrats and the MSM.
What we are seeing for the first time in years is a president that leads


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  1. I don't think giving Trump timely correct advice is the sort of thing that would get you fired.

    What would get you fired is wasting his time or p*ssing him off.

    How do you p*ss him off? Well, wasting his time would be a good start.

  2. Hotair is one of those Salem media properties. Still basically neocon nevertrump. I looked at Townhall this morning and they are still running Charen and Chavez. I check back every couple of months. Maybe longer now. Real slow learners over there. Or maybe they're getting paid off.

  3. I like Trump more and more, and more, and...(I trust you get the picture).

  4. Only people who like looking at themselves in the mirror hire yes men. (See: Obama.) Ms. Steinberg had a cogent analysis of Trump's methodology. - Elric

  5. Ed Morrissey is a NeverTrump above all else. Stephen Green also has a major sty in his eye in this regard. Contributions by those two have changed Instapundit from a must-read-daily to an occasional browse for me, and I visit PJMedia about as often as I do NRO; that is, never.

    I often regret Bill Whittle's continued association with people that do not encourage me to become a member or donate to his site, though I love Bill's take on things and have his book Silent America, which is great. Stephen Green and Scott Ott are just not my cuppa tea!

  6. This may be apocryphal - I've not seen it anywhere else. ...but the sense of it is timeless and most important:

    “Hereafter, I want you to tell me, candidly and in secret, what people are saying about me. And if you see anything in me that you regard as a fault, feel free to tell me in private. For from now on, people will talk about me, but not to me. It is dangerous for men in power if no one dares to tell them when they go wrong.” (St. Thomas Becket, Bishop and Martyr; to a friend on his way to ordination)

    Businessmen are disciplined by the bottom line; they cannot afford people who lie or mislead about R&D, sales, costs, etc. Government, on the other hand, lives by never completing a project, a/k/a its purpose in being; by never measuring to find fault or deficiency, for that would mean past error in its ways; and by never reducing size - for that would mean that it had been employing surplus labor.

    1. When you aren't running a business accountable to shareholders with fixed assets and auditors, but an infinitely deep pocketed sponsor who cannot hold you responsible in any meaningful way, your aren't a CEO but a despot.

      It remains to be seen if he will be a benificent one or destructive one.

      The most surprised person in the US on selection day was Trump, who burned the GOP. Watch him fall apart as the House and Senate majorities fail to endorse or support his key plans.

  7. If he hired yes men, he wouldn't be able to enjoy his favorite ego booster, firing people.