For a 36-year-old with no experience in governing or foreign affairs, Jared Kushner is making quite a career for himself. He’s already in charge of reorganizing Veterans Affairs, despite having no military experience. He’s in charge of solving the opioid epidemic, despite having no medical experience. And now he’s in charge of achieving Peace in the Middle East, despite having no foreign policy experience and having close ties to Israel. So, is young business man a savant capable of making good on Trump’s promises?
As he told the Washington Post, “The government should be run like a great American company. Our hope is that we can achieve successes and efficiencies for our customers, who are the citizens.”
To do this, Kushner wants to go to Silicon Valley to recruit minds who can deliver “the latest innovations.” But according to Elaine Kamarck, none of Kushner’s ideas make sense. Kamarck was once a senior aide to former Vice President Al Gore, who Bill Clinton put in charge of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government in 1993. This program was similar to Trump’s desire to reshape the government.
In an interview with Jeff Stein of Vox, Kamarck said that “The real power of implementation in the federal government is at the assistant secretary level. And they simply don’t have any.”
Is Kushner equipped to turn America into a business? I have no fucking idea,” Kamarck says. “And they don’t either.”