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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Moving beyond the present crisis

The present situation is on the verge of a "Constitutional crisis." Maybe we can't skip over it, but we can improve our understanding.

A constitutional crisis is a situation which a legal system's constitution or another basic principle of operation appears unable to resolve; it often results in a breakdown in the orderly operation of government.

The segment of the US population that voted for President Trump and the Republican Congress might approve of the administration's initial salvo of appointments and executive orders.

According to the Gallup Poll on January 13th:

  • More Americans disapprove (51%) than approve (44%) of Trump's transition
  • His transition approval fell most among political independents
  • Majority consider Cabinet picks "average" or better, but 44% rate them as subpar


He is not off to a good start. Consider the job model for a President of the United States.

"As chief executive officer of the U. S. Government Enterprise, a president has certain management discretions and responsibilities:  
•    Design of the service delivery processes and systems to carry out Congressionally enacted laws and regulations that have been approved by the President  
•    Staff the organizations that enable the service delivery processes  
•    Equip the organizations and service delivery systems with needed state of the art technologies  
•    Guide service delivery system performance with plans and programs that include performance metrics  
•    Propose new laws and regulations  
•    Propose changes in laws and regulations that includes scrapping obsolete provisions  
The U. S. Government Enterprise is organized by departments and agencies as a means of compartmentalizing the expertise that is aligned with providing four primary outputs:  
1.    Domestic tranquility provided
2.    Common defense provided
3.    General welfare provided
4.    Liberty secured 
The Commander-in-chief is the top executive and is also the top expert in Constitutional law about which the incumbent is the leading executive implementer and often the author of the new and amended legislation.  
Task 1: Planning, staffing, organizing, and scheduling Presidential work and government functions 
Subtask 1.1: Recruit and staff the cabinet and department and agency appointments
Subtask 1.2: Conduct cabinet meetings to develop and implement strategies and policies for accomplishing the nation’s workload and issues
Subtask 1.3: Define the nation’s outcomes and priorities for each major department and agency to produce the nation’s strategic plan

Task 2: Develop the President’s management agenda and budget and reconcile with Congress 
Subtask 2.1: Assume responsibility for the legacy agenda and make adjustments to align with the President’s management agenda or equivalent
Subtask 2.2: Work with cabinet heads to develop performance plans and schedules
Subtask 2.3: Work with Congressional leadership and collaborate to implement the nation’s strategy, plans, and programs  
Task 3: Initiate and approve legislation 
Subtask 3.1: Propose bills to Congress
Subtask 3.2: Consult and advise Congress
Subtask 3.3: Collaborate with industry and business leaders in the development of policies and regulations of all kinds
Subtask 3.4: Approve or veto legislation
Subtask 3.5: Request a declaration for war from Congress  
Task 4: Implement plans and manage on-going operations 
Subtask 4.1: Review and evaluate programs that include new acquisitions and on-going operations
Subtask 4.2: Evaluate programs including legacy processes and engineer new ones for accomplishing and producing required and promised outcomes
Subtask 4.3: Continuously improve  
Task 5: Report progress and discuss issues with the American public to keep them informed  
Task 6: Meet with heads of state and participate in international meetings and conferences for heads of state 
Subtask 6.1: Participate in international economic conferences
Subtask 6.2: Respond to international crises and requests for assistance
Subtask 6.3: Promote democratic process and reforms."
https://www.amazon.com/Select-American-President-James-George/dp/1480840882/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1486047665&sr=1-1&keywords=how+to+select+an+american+president



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