Ok, I’ll be honest, I’m a news junkie. But I’m sick of all the Donald Trump coverage. There’s a good chance you are too, which is probably why you’re pleasantly spending a few minutes on Mtbr instead of CNN. However, there’s a reason the media reports on every minuscule scandal or story. People love clicking on these stories. So when the opportunity to use Donald Trump and Trek Bicycles in the same headline arises, you have to take it. Now that we’ve gotten past the disclaimer (and half-hearted apology), let’s move onto the gist of this post.
John Burke is the president of Trek Bicycles. He built the billion-dollar business with his father out of a red barn in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Today, it’s one of the biggest players in the global cycling industry. He recently released a political playbook entitled “12 Simple Solutions to Save America.” According to pundits who have read it (I have not), the book mixes liberal and conservative ideas. Press play to her from Burke himself.
The impetus for this book project began at his son’s graduation ceremony where the commencement speaker asked the audience to “do something for your country.” Unlike his sister Mary Burke, who ran as the Democratic candidate for Governor of Wisconsin in 2014, John felt he could best serve America by writing a book that provided simple solutions to major issues.
Recently, Burke turned to the Huffington Post to share some of his concepts. His top three tips include: fix congress, reform campaign finance, and create a higher performance government. Accompanying each of these recommendations are well-thought suggestions, such as, “If a congressional member has a net worth over $2 million they should work for free. No salary, no gold-plated health care program, no pension. We are $19 trillion in debt.”
Burke claims that, “These ideas are not conservative, they are not liberal, they are common sense ideas that would benefit all Americans.” He then goes on to wish Trump the best of luck as President.