By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR
Hi. I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. I’m not endorsing anyone for president (yet). But I am on the record as saying Scott Walker has the perfect record: as a governor with a proven record of success; as the man who stood up to the money and manpower of every union in America three times in four years; as the tough guy who stood up to riots at the capital, protests at his home and death threats against his wife and children and held firm and reformed government employee pensions; as the taxpayer hero who turned a $3 billion deficit into a $1 billion surplus and gave the money back to taxpayers.
With that record, Walker has the toughness and gravitas to win the presidency in 2016. I’m also a fan of Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Ben Carson — all great candidates. I’ve never been a fan of Chris Christie in the past, but I happen to think the income tax plan he just unveiled is fantastic. It would turn around the U.S. economy. It would inspire business owners like me. It would create millions of jobs.
The fact is the GOP has an incredible array of dynamic, diverse candidates. The Democrats have one bloated, entitled, corrupt, past-due candidate, who is a walking scandal about to implode. I predict Hillary Clinton will never win the nomination. She is dead in the water, but delusional Democratic voters refuse to accept reality — yet. The future looks bright for the GOP — if they can find the right candidate.
But there is a wild card on the horizon. Critics laugh at Donald Trump. They give him no chance. They say he’s too wild and unconventional. They say he’s not serious. Well, it appears he is serious. He has put “Celebrity Apprentice” on hold. That’s a $60 million sign of seriousness. Trump has already built a formidable campaign organization in the early GOP primary states.
Don’t look now, but it appears “The Donald” is about to officially announcehe’s entering the GOP presidential race.
So let’s debunk the critics and naysayers and look at reasons why Trump as president is no joke.
Does “The Donald” have a high opinion of himself, even to the point of sounding egotistical? You bet! As one of America’s most successful CEOs, he has earned that right. Find me a high-level CEO who isn’t egotistical. Warren Buffett? Bill Gates? Steve Wynn? Sir Richard Branson? Mark Cuban? They all have high opinions of themselves. Those egos have served them well. That’s how you become a member of the most exclusive club of billionaire business moguls on a planet with more than 6 billion people — most of them mired in poverty.
Does Trump say exactly what’s on his mind? You bet! Millions of Americans who are sick of lying politicians and “political correctness” will find that refreshing. Here are just a few of his latest statements:
- “President Obama is incompetent and not a good person.”
- “I don’t give a sh*t about lobbyists.”
- “Bowe Bergdahl is a piece of garbage.”
- “Clearly, Barack Obama has failed the African-American community.”
If you, like me, agree with this kind of straight talk — which most politicians (especially wimpy establishment Republican politicians) are deathly afraid of saying — then it may be time to seriously consider Trump for president.
The president has to be a leader. Trump is certainly that. The president has to be a motivational speaker and inspire people through the media. Trump has proven his ability to do that.
But the primary role of the president of the United States is to be CEO of the largest, most diverse bureaucracy of the most powerful nation in the world. And what does a CEO do? He hires and he fires. He hires the best people he can find and doesn’t hesitate to fire them when they fail. And we all know that no one does that better than “The Donald.”
Look at our government over the past eight years under Obama: the Benghazi scandal; the IRS scandal; the Fast and Furious scandal; the Veteran Affairs scandal; the lies, misrepresentations and fraud of Obamacare; the scandal of spending $1 billion on building and fixing a defective Obamacare website; Middle East miscalculations; the failure to stop ISIS; open borders; illegal immigration invasion; $8 trillion in deadly new debt; and all-time records for new taxes, spending, entitlements and job-killing regulations.
How did all these disasters happen? The wrong people or incompetent people were put in charge. Then, after the results proved just how incredibly incompetent or what failures they were, how many people responsible for these disasters were ever fired? Exactly zero! Even in the VA scandal where vets were put on waiting lists to die, no one was fired.
Trump would have brought each executive, official and bureaucrat involved into the boardroom, looked them in the eye and said: “You’re fired!”
Why does this Obama administration go from one scandal to another, one failure to another? This is an easy answer. Forget about firing them, the people who failed should never have been hired in the first place. It starts, of course, at the very top.
An exceptional CEO will recognize and fire someone not just for failure (that’s a given), but also for just average or mediocre performance. One of greatest CEOs of all time, Jack Welch of General Electric, had a standing policy that every year the bottom-performing 10 percent of all managers were fired, even if they were meeting their targets. That’s how he turned GE into the world’s most valuable company. Now, that is accountability!
By the way, Trump is quoted as saying that Welch would make a great secretary of treasury. What a pleasure it would be for America to have CEOs with that level of competency running our government.
Trump and Welch are two CEOs capable of straightening out our government employee mess, too. America has 22 million government employees. Most make too much money, have obscene pensions that threaten to bankrupt taxpayers and cannot be fired — no matter how incompetent they are. It will take a tough leader to solve this mess, a leader who can make tough choices without worrying about whether he hurts feelings, a leader willing to say: “You’re fired.”
Do you know the name Ernest Moniz? He is the current secretary of energy. And sadly, along with Secretary of State John Kerry, he leads America’s team negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran. Moniz is nuclear physicist who has spent his entire life in academia and government. Kerry, of course, is a career politician married to a ketchup heir (who inherited her money when her husband died in a plane crash). What do these two people know about negotiating? Nothing! And that’s why they’ve negotiated a deal with Iran that hands the terrorist nation a huge victory — and will someday likely get either us or Israel killed.
Who would you rather have negotiating a nuclear deal that could wind up ending the world: a college professor and lifelong politician married to a ketchup heiress or Trump, who wrote the book on negotiation (“Trump: The Art of the Deal”)? I rest my case.
Are there better politicians running for president than Trump? Sure. Probably all of them are better at politics, lying, spinning and telling the people what they want to hear. But is there anyone running for president who would be a better CEO for the United States than Trump? I think not.
Those who have lived their lives in the rarified air of academics and politics (like Barack Obama) have repeatedly proven to be failures at managing the U.S. economy, creating private sector jobs, reducing spending and debt, and looking out for the best interests of the American people. Politicians have proven they can’t or won’t put America first.
Perhaps what we need is a tough-talking “get it done” CEO with an outsized ego. Perhaps it’s time for someone with the CEO experience to hire people who can do the job right — and quickly fire them if they don’t.
A few decades back, critics said it was a joke to think of a failed actor who played second fiddle to a chimp in “Bedtime for Bonzo” — and whose song-and-dance show closed in a week in Las Vegas — as president of the United States. Of course, Ronald Reagan became one of the greatest and most beloved presidents in history.
Perhaps Trump for president isn’t such a joke or long shot after all.
Oh, and one more bonus: It’s my opinion that Obama and his socialist cabal need to be prosecuted for their crimes, including the cover-up in Benghazi, massive criminal political targeting and intimidation in the IRS scandal, and defrauding the American people with the lies of Obamacare. I could easily picture Trump having the courage to hold Obama responsible for his crimes against the American people. Maybe a big ego isn’t so bad after all.
I’m Wayne Allyn Root for Personal Liberty. See you next week. God bless America.