America has long led the world in innovation and technological advancement. American ingenuity has launched industries, created jobs, and improved quality of life at home and abroad. To ensure that America remains the global innovation leader, I hereby direct the Senior Advisor to the President to head an office in the White House dedicated to American innovation. This office will bring together the best ideas from Government, the private sector, and other thought leaders to ensure that America is ready to solve today's most intractable problems, and is positioned to meet tomorrow's challenges and opportunities. The office will focus on implementing policies and scaling proven private-sector models to spur job creation and innovation.
Trump, on March 27th announced the White House Office of American Innovation (OAI). The OAI will make recommendations to the President on policies and plans that improve Government operations and services, improve the quality of life for Americans now and in the future, and spur job creation. These recommendations will be developed in collaboration with career staff along with private-sector and other external thought leaders.
“As a former leader in the private sector, I am proud to officially announce the White House Office of American Innovation, which will develop innovative solutions to many problems our country faces,” Trump said. “One of the primary reasons I ran for President was the need for new thinking and real change, and I know the Office and its team will help us meet those challenges.”
The President has appointed Senior Advisor Jared Kushner to lead this effort, along with additional senior White House staff who bring diverse experiences and exceptional talent to the initiative. This includes Assistant to the President for Economic Policy Gary Cohn, Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy Andrew Bremberg, Assistant to the President for Strategic Initiatives Chris Liddell, Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental and Technology Initiatives Reed Cordish, and Senior Counselor to the President for Economic Initiatives Dina Powell.
Here are four suggestions from big government advocates on how this program should be run:
- Embed an innovation fund into every large social program. Innovation funds, also known as tiered-evidence grant programs, bake evidence and innovation into programs. They emphasize funding what works by giving larger grants to approaches backed by stronger evidence and also support innovative field-initiated ideas to addressing policy goals.
- Increase the use of waivers in social programs. The government runs hundreds of billions of dollars worth of social programs with strict federal requirements—but can also offer waivers that give states and localities flexibility to design and improve those programs.
- Continue and expand the push to use low-cost, rapid experimentation by agencies. Just as well-known tech companies use rapid experimentation to test new approaches, government can too, using existing resources.
- Integrate evidence into large formula grant programs. Though "evidence-based" policy making is still a nascent approach, we now know enough about what works, and what doesn't, to require evidence for more federal spending.
The proper approach to bring about innovative solutions to the problems facing our nation and the world would be for Trump to double down on some of what he has already done. Trump has repealed many of Obama’s orders that penalize innovative solutions. Trump should increase his pace in this effort and have the heads of all departments rescind unnecessary regulations, which is virtually all of them.
Trump should begin the effort of eliminating government departments and agencies. The Department of Education is the first Department that should go. The EPA should be eliminated immediately. The Tax Code should be greatly simplified and then the IRS would not be necessary. Obamacare should be repealed and eliminate the Department of Health and Human Resources at the same time. Neither the Department of Education or the Department of Health and Human Resources are of any vaue to a free and independent society..
We have a need for the Departments of State, Defense, and the Treasury, but all others should be reviewed and cut to the bone. Free enterprise will innovate. Free enterprise will innovate and innovates best when government is not interfering. Private business and government do not think alike and have completely different time tables and a complete different understanding of budgeting. To mix government and private business is like mixing oil and water.
We learned these past two weeks how quickly the free enterprise system works and how government is not only inadequate but is a hindrance when it comes to solving problems. United Airlines caused a media uproar by taking a difficult situation and making it much worse. Marxist/Progressives (Democrats) resorted to their normal cries for government intervention to solve the problem. Government works very slowly and expensively.
The free enterprise system works quickly and efficiently. Within less than two weeks the airlines, especially United, have taken corrective steps. Several airlines have changed their policies on how they will compensate passengers who are the victims of overbooking. United has changed its policy on transporting crew members. Free enterprise did not need government to solve this problem just as is does not need government in other situations.
Ronald Reagan said, “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There's a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands, liberty contracts.”
Calvin Coolidge, the last president to actually reduce the size of government in both number of people and dollars said, “No plan of centralization has ever been adopted which did not result in bureaucracy, tyranny, inflexibility, reaction, and decline. Of all forms of government, those administered by bureaus are about the least satisfactory to an enlightened and progressive people. Being irresponsible they become autocratic… Unless bureaucracy is constantly resisted it breaks down representative government and overwhelms democracy. It…sets up the pretense of having authority over everybody and being responsible to nobody…”
If we have learned anything from history, it is that both these Presidents, Reagan and Coolidge, were correct in their assessment. Mr. Trump, please learn from history and eliminate this new government bureaucratic agency immediately. You should concentrate only on eliminating government and curtailing government intrusion into any aspect of our economic system. If you would become the next president to cut both the size and the budge of government, you would be placed in the annals of great conservative presidents along with Coolidge and Reagan. You would then be known as one of the presidents who protected the individual liberty and freedom that was won by our founding fathers. Never forget that our founders understood what principles are necessary for a free society. The United States Constitution, they wrote and adopted, has at its core these principles; individualism, rule of law, limited government, divided government, and rule by the people.