Presidential candidates’ most important question, about Congress
Presidential candidates’ most important question: How will you get Congress to go to work?
Will you be able to get your agenda acted on by Congress? When We the People elect a president, we are backing the president’s agenda. The Congress that is in place at the time a new president arrives is the result of a legacy vote that is in the past.
In the American System, how do voters get Congress and the President aligned and in synchronization? We can’t wait for 8 years for the cycle to correct itself. If congressional representatives fail to respond to the will of the people, what option do voters have to force a change?
While we contemplate that, the question before all candidates is how will you lead the nation to common ground to address our future and immediate needs?
From my book, How to Select an American President ©2011 James A. George, All Rights Reserved (see excerpts at Politisite):
Six Primary Tasks of the U. S. President’s Job Model
Throughout the range of tasks, the President analyzes, evaluates, approves and directs allocation of the government’s resources to perform work and produce required outcomes. Only Congress can fund the work of government. Achieving the highest return on cost is a president’s responsibility. The following tasks are a straw man, a place to begin as voters think through the process independently.
What is one the first things a president must have to do to get started with a new administration? The president needs a staff, an organization, a plan and a schedule. So let’s get started.
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 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
James A. George aka YankeeJim is American Political System Columnist at Politisite.