Sunday, November 20, 2016

Trump sent wrong signals so far

What is the political situation now in USA? Clear answer is nobody knows including Trump. WP writes " Trumpworld is a place where there are dueling centers of power, where actual motives are opaque and where only those related by blood or marriage are ever truly trusted and invulnerable".

So by all signs and signatures, country has voted to trust a businessman to lift their economic condition which is steadily sliding in United States. Voters have registered their loss of faith in career politicians. Question is-can Trump turn around this country using his business acumen ?

In all fairness, he can do it well if he desires to. He needs to hire more businessmen like Romney into his cabinet. But by hiring people like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions, he sent wrong signals so far. Bannon and Session are more interested in a white nation than doing business across the isles.

Trump is right when he said, only way to move forward is to create more and more new business in USA. But that can't happen without immigrants in USA. Nearly 2/3rd of the new technology companies in USA have been created by immigrants. Appointing anti-immigrant nuts like Bannon and Sessions wont help boosting US business. Cracking down and deportation of convicted illegal immigrants are fine but rest of the illegal immigrants could have been used in much better productive way if there is a way to grant them a sort of work permit even if that doesn't need to be categorized as green card so that path to citizenship is blocked to be fair with legal immigrants who have been waiting for such a long time for a green card. Middle path can always be sorted out to balance concerns of both sides.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Trump and education of my children

Most fearful thing, that I was apprehending of Trump administration had to do with education. My son has been fortunate to have his primary education under Obama administration which was raising the school education for American children consistently through common core- a national level standardization for school education. Trump wants to dump it because he said, common core had issues- which is partially true because I found teachers are not prepared well for it. Only students who have well educated parents were benefiting. For rest it was not making much difference partially because teachers were not trained well for new syllabus. This is one of the many cases, where Obama had fantastic good idea but as his signature trademark, execution was poor. But nevertheless, for families like us, Obama's education policy was doing great for my son.

Trump raised his kids well and so far whatever, I learned about him he does have keen interest in upbringing of children in very strict manner. By replacing common core, Trump wants to get back to original days in which a school district will be formulating the school syllabus. It used to be that way and American school education was sliding down. Reason is simple. School districts have limited budget. They can't afford experts that department of education can have. They can't build the software that department of education build to evaluate the progress of the students. Even most of the decent republicans like Jeb Bush wanted to continue with common core. It is also because of common core, Saas like IXL emerged to evaluate progress with the kids automatically. Despite its poor execution, common core is a great idea.

Now it is difficult to say what Trump will do. One good thing about him - he is smart and open minded to learn what works and what doesn't. He changes position based on what he "thinks" is good. He already rolled back on Obamacare. Hope he will role back on common core as well by keeping its key provision while allowing the school district to do more complimentary education with common core.

I am hoping best for the America's future. Obama had good ideas and objectives, but his execution is pathetically poor. He is not a good executive. Trump on the other hand is much better at execution. Therefore it will be best for the country if Trump keeps some of the successful ideas of Obama while improving it with better execution. I think that is going to happen.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Presidential Election 2016 : Success of Trump or failure of Clinton campaign ?

The way I am looking at Presidential Election 2016

1. There are four major issues : A) Declining income of American middle class B) Job loss due to outsourcing & bad trade agreement like NAFTA C) Burden of Student loan D) Escalated healthcare premium due to Obamacare

2. Anything else like racism, anti-immigration rant etc are the after effect of declining income of traditional American middle class.

3. Unless A-D are addressed properly, racism will only escalate.

4. You can't stop globalization by politics. You can't stop job loss due to automation by politics. Protectionism will kill American economy further. But people do need relief. So only way out is to invest on education of American people and research.

5. People love to think protectionism will save their job and income. It won't. Only way to save their job is to create more opportunities in America by research and innovation and reskilling American population.

6. Hillary Clinton is on right track when she is talking about boosting manufacturing by research and innovation. Trump's protectionism is a failed idea. Also he doesn't have a plan to reduce burden of Student loan.

7. But there are issues. Clinton has lost a lot of trust by being associated with dubious people. Common people are not trusting career politician anymore and Trump is taking advantage of common anger.

8. Also when I looked at both the candidates, Trump is more grounded than Clinton. Trump clearly understood mistakes of some of the trade deals while Clinton simply ignored them. This may prove costly to Clinton.

9. Trump campaign is based on anger and emotion. He has moved a force by hook or by crook. Clinton failed to move her base. Her campaign made very little effort to organize volunteers, while Trump managed more volunteering force for him.

10. Clinton's election strategy is also not well thought out. She is still trying get women voters which is useless now-because she already maximized that option. She needed to assure on two aspects and she has not done well on that A. How she will change Obamacare B. How she will protect American jobs.

Overall-it is a very close election and much of it is failure of Clinton campaign than success of Trump.