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Candidates for the Cabinet Next Year

2016-12-04

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These candidates were described in the Friday edition of the San Francisco Enquirer, under the title, “Trump fishing in ‘swamp’ “– the swamp referred to is the one in Washington that Donald vowed to drain in his speeches.

Attorney General: Jeffrey Sessions.  Sessions has been Senator for Alabama since 1994.  He was the first senator to support Donald.  He has been an openly racist Senator and State Attorney General, which may explain his support for Donald.

Health and Human Services Secretary: Tom Price.  Price has been in the House of Representatives since 2004, in a district in Georgia in which no Democrat even bothered to file to run for election. He was a State Senator from 1996 on.  He happens to be an orthopedic surgeon, and is a potent opponent of Obamacare, with “alternative” plans for the administration of the medical insurance system.

Treasury Secretary: Steve Mnuchin.  Mnuchin has been an executive for Goldman Sachs who went on to found a hedge fund.  He bought a distressed California bank and changed its name to OneWest Bank.  This bank is notorious for having foreclosed on 36,000 mortgages in California.  Most of the foreclosures were in majority minority towns.  Mnuchin was Donald’s campaign finance chief.

Chief of Staff: Reince Priebus.  Priebus has been chairman of the Republican National Committee since 2010; previously he was general counsel to the committee and before that, chairman of the Wisconsin Republican Committee.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary: offered to Ben Carson.  Carson is a retired neurosurgeon.  He has not yet accepted the offer.

CIA Director: Mike Pompeo.  Pompeo has been in the House of Representatives from Kansas for three terms.  He is known for being one of the greatest accusers of wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton in the House.

Commerce Secretary: Wilbur Ross.  Ross is a leveraged buyout specialist who has bought up numerous failing industries.  He is 79, and his net worth is said to be $2.9 billion.  He has been a strong back of Donald at least since June.

Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos.  DeVos is a chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, and is said to be a billionaire.  In 2004, she blamed Michigan’s economic woes on “high wages and a tax and regulatory structure…”  Her support for school vouchers appears to be what attracted Donald to her.  She is likely to push unconstitutional support for religious schools.

Defense Secretary: Mike Mattis.  Mattis is a retired general in the Marine Corps.  He is said not to own a television.  Unfortunately, he has only been retired for four years, and Congress requires seven years of retirement for military personnel to sit on the Cabinet.  Fortunately, he has been strongly endorsed by John McCain, who sits on the Senate committee that would have to confirm him.

Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao.  Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  She was also Secretary of Labor throughout George W. Bush’s presidency and served as Secretary of Transportation for a short time under George H.W. Bush.  She sits on the board of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and has been a commentator on Fox News.

United Nations Ambassador: Nikki Haley.  Haley is Governor of South Carolina.  She criticized Donald during the campaign for contributing to “irresponsible talk” and for not denouncing the Ku Klux Klan more clearly.  She gave Donald a weak endorsement at the convention.  It appears that Donald is attempting to make his administration’s face at the UN look more diverse.  Or else he is interested in the support she will give to his business ventures in India.

National Security Adviser: Michael T. Flynn.  Flynn is a retired general who was forced out of the military for his disruptive behavior when he headed the Defense Intelligence Agency.  He was an advisor to Donald’s campaign since February 2016.

These candidates for top-level positions in Donald’s administration are sure to push arch-conservative, “alt-right” political positions and programs to Donald.  The only positive sign is that Secretary of Defense “Mad Dog” Mattis is unlikely to allow Donald to pursue his dreams of torturing captured Islamic terrorists.  The rest of the team looks very bad for American constitutional protections and the lower middle class.  Welfare and taxation policies are likely to be highly retrogressive and will aggravate the already serious wealth inequality that this country faces.

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