Problem solving requires a working comprehension of the subject at hand in order to correctly identify the sources of the problem and potential solutions that might actually address the problem. For experts, and other well-versed insiders, industry bias leads to stagnant views and the tendency to adopt rigid stances that prevent novel solutions from being explored. Newcomers to the problem-solving process, however, find themselves unable to develop effective solutions, because they do not have a working comprehension of the subject matter, which leads them to make highly predictable, yet easily avoidable, mistakes and adopt solutions that are doomed to failure.
This is particularly apparent, and problematic, in the industry of politics where elections empower newcomers with big plans and high expectations who almost always falter in their mission. The political industry is divided between various factions that each have their own public policy priorities and agendas. There views are so ingrained that they only know how to impose their solutions based on what they think are the problems when they need to develop viable solutions based on the needs of people and the actual circumstances surrounding the issue.
On the other hand, there are also individuals, like Donald Trump, who enter the industry of politics with every intention of solving problems then fail due to a lack of insight. Because he does not have a working comprehension of the problems in government, which he is new to politics, Donald Trump relies on industry allies, which happen to lean Right, to impose their solutions. Donald Trump is losing public support, which undermines his capacity to address issues, because he is not trying to understand the problems before imposing politically-motivated public policy solutions.
With that in mind, businessmen do not solve problems by necessarily being experts in every field. They have the ability and skill sets needed to both utilize and coordinate the experts with the knowledge and skills needed to solve problems. By capitalizing on the expertise of others, businessman act as catalysts in the problem solving process. Instead of teasing solutions out of public policy experts from across the political spectrum, who find themselves paralyzed and blinded by their political bias, Donald Trump has simply unleashed the right-wing political insiders to enact their politically motivated policy agendas when it does not conflict with in his views.
When he is not empowering political insiders, he is enacting his political agenda based on his campaign rhetoric versus developing public policy solutions as he was elected to do. Political views are based on ideology, but public policies must be created in reality. Public policies must be engineered so they turn the will of the People and political leadership into workable decrees. Not only must public policies reflect real world circumstances, the fact the US is democratic in nature means they must also reflect the ideologies of others to be viable.
The campaign promises made by candidates are political views. To put them into practice, they must be achievable. Their public policy equivalents must also be developed by addressing problem without creating other problems, which requires a working comprehension of the subject and the ability of public policymakers to capitalize on expert knowledge to tease out workable solutions.
Unfortunately for President Donald Trump, his tendency to utilize hyperbole resulted in campaign promises that can never be engineered into public policies. This is why most politicians try to be more general in their promises, even when making promises that they cannot deliver on. As such, Donald Trump needs to stop acting like a grandstanding politician and start acting like a businessman.
Instead of trying to order his staff to enact his political rhetoric and the politically-motivated public policies of those Washington insiders who have wormed their way into the Trump Administration, he needs to focus on coordinating the vast resources of the US government and the numerous experts across the political spectrum in a grand problem-solution mission.
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