The United States has a businessman as its president.
Interestingly, we are hearing many of the same things now as when businessman Larry O’Brien became mayor of Ottawa.
The city should be run like a business … it’s time we had a businessman running the city so that tax money won’t be wasted … a businessman will take charge of the city and make it run more efficiently … a businessman will cut the fat out of city hall.
By his own admission, O’Brien said his first two years as mayor were a failure. The learning curve was steep for someone who had not been in politics before. He thought he could just order councillors around but soon discovered he was but one person on council.
Video above: An excerpt from president-elect Donald Trump’s acceptance speech.
In fact things became so bad that a group of councillors got together and took the budget process away from O’Brien in what has been dubbed the non-coup coup.
The mayor became almost powerless … just another member of council.
If the learning curve for Ottawa mayor is steep, imagine how big the learning curve is for president of the United States. Businessman Donald Trump is about to discover this. Trump has never held office before.
Politicians don’t take orders very well and Trump can’t dictate to Congress even if it is controlled by Republicans.
Politics is about negotiations, convincing, compromise and deal-making. Politicians don’t jump when you say jump. They have their own power-bases to consider. They have their pride to consider … and there’s lots of that.
Furthermore, Republicans are just as mad at Trump as Democrats. Trump’s support is from Joe Six-Pack which one black commentator called a whitelash.
O’Brien’s term as mayor didn’t work out. O’Brien was swagger when politics requires finesse.
In many ways Trump is like O’Brien and might well face the same end.
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