Politics Has No Room For Deal-Makers

By Andrew Witzel

Being a great deal-maker outside of politics makes someone successful, wealthy and generally known for their unwavering business savvy. Professions such as real estate, car sales, retail sales, etc. have bred industry titans like Bill Gates, Elon Musk and Oprah Winfrey. Most of these successful deal-makers are aware that this experience doesn’t translate to politics and is the reason you don’t ever see any of them make the transition. There have been a few exceptions in the past, but overall most successful business people steer clear of politics completely. Enter in Trump, a man used to winning at any cost, with an anger-induced angle that brainwashed millions in America to follow him like the Pied Piper. An anomaly entering into the political realm that has done nothing but stir up the muck at the bottom of the pool.

In just over 10 months, Trump has not been able to broker a deal with the Democrats or his own party to execute any major legislation through Congress. The poster child for attention deficit hyper-disorder, Trump is easily maneuvered to controversy instead of the tasks to run the country. Controversy is where he’s the most comfortable, it’s his wheel house.

Winning in a controversy is as easy as convincing more people who you’re right instead of the other guy. Winning is what makes sense to Trump, it’s his jam. When Congress can’t get something passed, he reached for the only tool he can use to make something happen, the Executive Order. What he failed to understand though are the checks and balances in place to limit his power, “pesky” checks and balances that largely don’t exist in the business world. Changing your mind on a whim in the business world is common place, but changing your mind in politics can derail months of discussions and fatally stall legislation.

We don’t need a deal-maker in the White House. What we need is someone who can lead the country by example and seemingly rise above all the chaff that is tossed their way. A person who can effectively navigate the labyrinth of politics and make it to the middle of the maze to get a Bill that they can then sign into law.

Politics is very much like herding cats and an effective President can, proven time and time again, get legislation through that makes things better, not worse. All Trump has done through all his missteps and disastrous rhetoric is to make things worse. Trump supporters will continue to follow him, blindly, until their wallets are hit. Anti-Trump supporters will never get behind him no matter what he does. All the people somewhere in the middle are taking it from both sides and being largely ignored. No one can tell this man to do, they have to play a game with him making it seem like he, not the country, is winning.

Some might say that this is how politics is played and Trump is only uncovering the nasty underbelly of Washington, but I disagree. Trump is an example of all the things that are wrong with politics and put a spotlight on just how utterly broken our system actually has become.

The American people have the power but no one cares anymore. We’re exhausted with politics and have sat back waiting for the next controversy to unfold. A message to all those deal-makers out there thinking of getting into politics, don’t bother, it’s not worth it.

I'm a middle aged tech geek with a passion for computers, technology, politics and all the bits in the middle between 0 and 1. I am what could be considered a moderate progressive and like to consider all sides of a debate before taking a position.

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