In some ways this entire campaign season is one giant test. But it's way too long. What if, instead of these debates and endless stump speeches, we boil it all down to three pre-employment tests that we administer to President Obama and Governor Romney the day before the election. Winner (or higher scorer) take all.
Here's the plan. Both candidates report to the Capitol on Monday, November 5, at 10 am, where they will both be administered, under equal testing conditions, the exact same tests. The location will be in the Rotunda of the Capitol where the busts of past Presidents and historial figures will cast a watchful eye on them.
Which tests would be administered to the candidates? There are many options but we must limit it to three assessments to preserve their valuable time.
1. Management Skills Profile: As the Commander in Chief, the President oversees a vast bureaucracy of federal employees and members of the armed services. A Management Skills Profile, which measures such traits as interpersonal effectiveness (working with Congress?) and the ability to manage the complexity of business, will tell us if he has the ability to lead our great nation (or continue leading it).
2. Financial Knowledge Test: As our economy recovers from the dire straits of recent times, we need a leader with a solid core of financial and accounting knowledge. This test will tell us if he has a full grasp of the core finanical principles needed to put the country on the right path.
3. Industrial Skills Tests: This is the sneak-attack test that they would not be expecting. Both candidates are millionaires but are likely out of touch with the experiences of many of the "working families" that they so often talk about. So let's give them a Forklift Driving test or a Warehouse "Pick/Pack" test. If either of them scores well (which is highly unlikely), it will boost their credibility among middle class workers.
There are other tests that could apply as well: Cognitive Skills, Customer Service Profile, Self Management and more. One test that would never be needed is the "Turnover Risk/Retention" test. It's hard to get any elected official out of office and these guys are no different.
Luckily EmployTest will graciously offer to administer these tests to the candidates at no charge. We'll see you in the Rotunda in three weeks!