I felt bad for Donald Trump on Friday because after all his cheerleading congress still did not have enough votes to repeal Obamacare and start the process on healthcare reform. I understand completely how negative that whole experience was for him particularly after I read an article from the Huffington Post on Thursday gloating when it was obvious that the Republican votes just weren’t there in spite of all the hard work Trump put into the effort. I am working on something big right now which Trump has done before in a similar way which costs millions and millions of dollars and a lot of people’s livelihoods and it is really painful to be the only one in the room who has worked hard enough to see what’s over the horizon knowing that you are dragging 50 to 100 people behind you who are nowhere near as talented as you are, or creative–yet you have to work with them on a project kicking and screaming across the finish line because they can’t see the big picture and have no desire to do the work to gain that ability. Trump has been to this point before, but now when he does these things it’s on a national scale and political enemies are lingering everywhere to point out every negative thing that happens—so to preserve their world view. Read what this writer by the name of Howard Fineman Global Editorial Director, The Huffington Post said in his article after the health care repeal bill was pulled Thursday night.
WASHINGTON ― If this was The Art of the Deal in action, then Donald Trump needs to write a new book.
In his first, and therefore crucial, foray into presidential negotiating, the prince of New York real estate failed miserably because he was dealing with a world and a way of doing things he never faced when he was buying and building.
In Washington, legislating, and leading the country as president, require more than simply bullying people or buying them off with borrowed cash. As a result, Trump had to postpone a vote Friday on the GOP health care plan he tried to bully through Congress, after it became clear that the legislation could not secure enough votes.
As a harbinger of the future, the situation could not have been more devastating.
“At the end of the day, this isn’t a dictatorship,” Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, said as the bill was sliding to oblivion. He sounded resigned to the reality of legislating in a democracy. Whether his boss agrees – and learns – is the key question.
Among other things, President Trump has to learn that in Washington, you can’t simply build your own design. You have to build what other people want. Your job is to find consensus and entice others – many others ― into thinking that your vision is theirs. Projects get “built” here more with rewards than threats. It is not a brutal game of “the last man standing.” It’s “we’re all in this together,” even when the “we” is just your own party.
I’ve heard all that before in my own life and essentially this is the debate in the great American novel, The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand—who makes something go and who should get the credit. Our entire society is built around this notion of collective “we” making decisions and it just doesn’t work. Without a leader, people just don’t perform well in the human race and without that one person who works harder than everyone else, who is smarter because they are the ones who stay up all night 7 days a week doing the hard work at the front of the train—all the other people who are needed to “reach consensus” are just ornaments to the process. At the finish line of a completed project—which is what I’m going through—when the average people can see that what’s going to happen will actually work, that is the point where all the weaklings jump on your coattails and ride your efforts to success. Trump made most of his forty-year career in real estate under this premise. Give a guy like Howard Fineman a million dollars the way that Trump’s dad loaned Donald money to get started, and Howard probably would have bought a Florida condo and taken all his friends out to dinner for a decade talking about doing something successful. And after ten years, he’d be broke again with nothing to show for the money. It takes a special kind of person to do things—and not everyone is up to the task.
Trump created about three possible trajectories for the future of health care reform so he’s hardly done—but I’m sure his faith in the human race is much less today than it was on Wednesday of last week because negative people like those opposing the house bill under Speaker Ryan just couldn’t see the big picture. And Ryan screwed up his end too by playing cloak and dagger games in the beginning. Trump tried to pull all those idiots together, but in the end, they couldn’t see past their own noses—and that’s how it is in most cases. I spent most of this last week talking about furniture and completely irrelevant details which were easy for normal people to get their mind around only because they could now see that success was just ahead—and everyone suddenly wants on the train which of course slows everything down because a single mind isn’t able to just direct everyone what to do—because all of them learned incorrectly in their various colleges and military backgrounds that it is a collective “we” who make the world move—and that’s just not true. Take away Trump and there’s not even a health care discussion. Apply his influence, and eventually a bill will get done—this time one shaped by Rand Paul which is more like what Trump wants anyway. People like Fineman don’t understand those kinds of things, but that’s why he’s a reporter and not a doer. He’s simply not equipped like a lot of people do make things happen. Its people like him who have built this “consensus system” which fails to properly identify how things really work not in a theoretical democracy, but in the way human beings actually think.
Even worse is that the news cycle completely missed Trump’s message about pulling off the cuffs on NASA which is something I’ve been talking about for years. I reported way back in 2011 how terrible it was that NASA had been virtually shut down under Obama and redirected to study Muslim contributions to science. Space X has helped fill the void, but NASA is the government agency that got the whole thing started and they should be back at it again in Cape Canaveral. In a lot of ways the news this week about NASA was much bigger than the health care debate because the wealth that will be created by the space agency will go a long way to solving the kinds of problems that actually drive up health care costs. You need an abundance of something if you want to drive down costs, and right now in health care there are too many people who abuse the system and too few insurance companies willing to play the game because of the risks involved. And with declining personal incomes in America because jobs like those that typically are conducted at NASA have gone away—people aren’t willing to spend such extraordinary amounts of money on health insurance. So to fix one people you need the other, and unleashing NASA goes a long way to solving the American jobs problem—and that is truly exciting.
What is sad though is that Trump did a lot of great work last week, but nobody but the “fountainheads” understand it. Normal people who are the late comers to everything don’t get it—yet they still insist that they are equal in the process of creation through consensus building. Consensus building is the flaw of all democracies because not everyone is equally equipped. Some people are lazier or just dumber and they are not willing to put the work in that people like Trump are. What Fineman calls bullying are what Trump would call “working” and so long as there are people out there who don’t know the difference, nothing will work the way things should. Stupid people cannot be allowed to hold things up just because they are not willing to do the hard work and seek to hide that behind “consensus building.” That’s usually why they are stupid, because they keep themselves in that state by refusing to learn all the things needed to accomplish a difficult task. And it is truly sad to see those types of people celebrating Trump’s struggles even while the very good information about NASA was coming forward even over the health care debate. Yet nobody paid any attention because they don’t see the value in it. And that is truly unfortunate.
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