Reading a story from NPR’s Amita Kelly about the next president’s first day in office, and thinking about it, it doesn’t seem that a new president would suddenly assess matters left on the desk as being “intractable”. In fact, a president might quickly assess that stagnant wages are a symptom of something, but not necessarily a problem. Cybersecurity is a part of on-going operations, and the situation needs to be evaluated by the right department heads. Violent extremism is another symptom about which the president will have to address in foreign policy. The federal debt is probably a top concern because it is a part of a more important consideration that is the capacity of the nation to govern.
So you see, an effective CEO sweeps away and delegates. Then, the top item bubbles up for more comprehensive assessment.
The battles that the past president had with congress was about the nation’s capacity to attend to its essential obligations and performance requirements. In the most modern paradigm, the president knows that the nation’s economy must be engineered for sustainability. That requires triple bottom line accounting with regard to economic performance, social and environmental responsibility.
So, what are the nation’s priorities?
Hopefully, a well prepared next president would not show up without a list. Oh yes, here it is, a bit worn but highly practiced that is called the dirty dozen.
- Nation secured economically – 100%
- Nation has a sustainable economy – 100%
- Nation secured militarily – 100%
- Homeland secure from terrorists – 100%
- Employment opportunities for all who can work – 100%
- Upward mobility for all who are prepared commensurate with ability – 100%
- All persons provided minimal sustainment as a baseline to start – 100%
- Social security assured for all persons – 100%
- Clean air and water – 100%
- Best education in the world – #1
- Freest nation in the world – #1
- Lowest crime rate in the world – #1 in least crime per capita
During the campaign for president, the new incumbent already explained that the top job for the president and the federal government is to optimize return on national resources by creating the best environment for private sector performance in collaboration with government.
To achieve that, America needs a new energy paradigm to propel the economy and that is from a combination of renewable sources that are tailored to unique localities across the nation. Electric power is generated, managed, and distributed through a smart electric grid that is made highly secure.
The enormous transformation away from fossil fuels requires invention and change in the way that Americans live and work, and that requires new invention, new product and new business development.
Now, of course the nation must be made secure in the homeland and internationally which requires a superior security force that is equipped with the best technology. Investment is required to accomplish those things and America will have to stop squandering it on foreign policy that fails to produce a high return on cost.
“Are you with me, so far,” asks the new president?
Now, we have a legacy of obligations and debt that is gobbling up our future. We are going to take the smart business action and negotiate and trade away as much as that old obligation as possible, especially that which is accrued to fight wars. We need to cover all of our social and environmental obligations completely.
So, if you are a nation that ran up a tab with the United States for national security, look out because we have bills to pay and we will be collecting.
“What Will The Next President Face On #Day1?
MAY 26, 2015 4:35 PM ET
The next president to occupy the Oval Office will confront four seemingly intractable problems: stagnant wages, cybersecurity, violent extremism and federal debt.
Presidential candidates are doing what they have to do at this point in the campaign season — they’re raising money and strutting their biographies and electoral viability to voters. We haven’t heard much yet about policy papers or what they would actually do if they win. But those policy issues will matter — as the campaign picks up steam and especially once the next president steps into the Oval Office on Day 1.
This week, NPR looks at four seemingly intractable problems that await the 45th president on Day 1, and the policy options that might be available to him or her. The issues we’re focusing on are: