How to break a Government, in 4 easy steps

Step one: Hire unqualified department leaders with a proclivity to be anti-anything progressive and/or have a penchant for hating the very department they run.

Trump’s Initial selection process for cabinet members was strange at best.  If you’ll recall, media were encouraged to stand in the lobby of Trump tower and take pictures of possible appointees as they arrived and left.  It was a carnival atmosphere.

Upstairs, in Trump tower, interviewees were questioned for about an hour with Trump leading and he was usually supported by alt-right ideologue, Steve Bannon and Republican conservative,  Reince Priebus.  Trump had few, if any notes and preferred to talk off the top of his head, go figure(!).  It appears interviewees were questioned on a few key points of position, like: “would you like to appeal Dodd-Frank?”  It’s not hard to imagine that when it came to any questions of fact, Trump was fed these lines by Bannon and Priebus.  So, appointees agreeing with policy would have tended to be anywhere from conservative to far right madmen like Bannon.  What we ended up with, was some conservatives and a handful of off-the-charts, ideologically crazy people.  For the record we also ended up with three billionaires and two mega-millionaires.

Notes about the process by the Associated Press during the time they were happening dated, Dec 8th, 2016:

“When Robert Johnson, the founder of Black Entertainment Television, arrived to a recent meeting with Donald Trump, the president-elect greeted him with a blunt question.  “Did you think I was going to win?” Trump asked.  The entertainment mogul, who has known Trump socially for years, offered an honest and candid response: “No,” he said, drawing a smile from Trump.”

“John Allison, the former chairman of BB&T Corp,who was invited to interview for Treasury secretary, said he was not asked to submit any personal or financial information to Trump’s team ahead of the interviews.”

“Others who described their interview process to The Associated Press said they, too, were not asked by Trump’s team to provide vetting information, raising questions about how the candidates’ background and financial ties are being scrutinized. Trump advisers did not respond to inquiries about the extent of the vetting process.”

“Perdue, who was also not asked to submit any personal information, said it appears Trump is interested in the public’s reaction to his potential picks and the issues that surface in the media after their meetings.”

http://fortune.com/2016/12/08/donald-trump-cabinet-interviews/

The current cabinet, is spectacularly unqualified and in several cases, firmly against the core values and concerns of the very department they were selected to lead.  They are consistently climate change deniers.   They are consistently pro-business and anti-regulation.  They dislike facts and are anti-science.  Many of them are anti-something.  Anti  -gay –black –immigration –Islam, etc.

Here are the current Cabinet members after attrition.  It is possible we could have some other changes re: Rex Tillerson, and possible future attrition, from what we might as well go ahead and call airplane-gate for now : )  These are ranked from solid pick>concerning>downright kooky scary.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis

Political Experience: 0
Background: 41 years military.  Might be the only person in the cabinet that isn’t a complete asshole.

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

Political experience: 7 years. Bob dole staff and Ron Reagan as trade representative.
Background: Many years in US trade law.  A solid pick for furthering US trade causes.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David J. Shulkin

Political Experience: 2 years
Background: Former undersecretary of this department.  Vast Medical background.  Perfect for this job.

Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats

Political experience: 27 years. Senator, Ambassador.

Background: Solid Conservative, apparently a well respected guy.

Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Don J Wright

Political Experience: 10 years in HHS.
Background: Took over when Tom Price was fired for private jet travel fiasco.

Representative of the United States to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley

Political experience: 13years. South Carolina Representative and governor.
Background: No relevant experience to this job, but not harmful.

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta

Political Experience: 6 years various posts in Attorney generals office.
Background: no particular relevant experience. Chairman of U.S. Century Bank. University Dean.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao

Political Experiece: 16 years secretary Labor, Deputy Secretary transportation Both Bush Presidents.
Background: Fox News Corp board of directors.  Wells Fargo Board of Directors. Mitch McConnell’s wife.

Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke

Political Experience: 28 years in various departments.
Background: took over the job when John Kelly left for Chief of staff who took over when Priebus was fired.

White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly

Political Experience: 0
Background: Career military man. Anti-immigration.

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson

Political Experience: 0
Background: Oil executive: CEO Exxon Mobil.  Deep Russian ties.  Resisted converting to renewable energies as CEO.  Mega Millionaire.

Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin

Political Experience: 0
Background: Goldman Sachs executive. Foreclosure King.  Movie Production.  Mega millionaire.  Airplane-gate.

Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue

Political Experience: 27 years. State senator, governor of Georgia
Background: famous for self-dealing as governor. As Secretary of the agriculture, Perdue has, like Donald trump, not put his multiple businesses in a blind trust, businesses which happen to be in agriculture.

Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr.

Political Experience: 0
Background: Rothschild. King of Bankrputcy. Investment banking, Steel.  Billionaire.

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

Political Experience: 6 years. 4 years state senator, 2 year us senator of Montana.
Background: Climate change denier (this is the guy in charge of managing public lands folks)  Airplane-gate.  Complete asshole.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Benjamin S. Carson, Sr.

Political Experience: Zero, Zilch, None. No relative experience.
Background: Brain surgeon. Climate change denier. Anti-gay.

Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney

Political experience: 11 years. South Carolina house and Us rep.
Background- climate change denier.  Ultra conservative. All for raping the land for wealth extraction.

Administrator of the Small Business Administration Linda E. McMahon

Political Experience: fucking 0.  Relative experience for this post: fucking 0.
Background: Wife of fucking WWE Vince McMahon.  Billionaire by marriage.  Donated 6 million to Trumps campaign. Strong ties to Trump.

Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Mike Pompeo -is he just about to replace Tillerson?  Could be.

Political experience: 7 years. US house of representatives.
Background: Military man. Conspiracy theorist. Religious nut.  Keen on torturing prisoners of war. Rabidly anti-muslim.

Vice President Michael R. Pence

Political experience:16 years. Congressman, Indiana Governor.
Background: Converted from Democrat to Republican when he converted to “born again Christian”.  Standard conservative Republican. Keen on inserting religion into politics.  Anti-gay.  Religious goofball.  Would be more stable than Trump as President and loved by congressional republicans but would devastate any progressive policies and continue rolling back every Obama achievement he could.

Secretary of Energy Rick Perry

Politcal experience: 33 years. Texas Congressmen, Governor Texas.
Background: wanted to abolish the energy department, a department which among other things, is responsible for nuclear weapons, in which he has zero experience. Climate change denier. Abolish Department of Education. Abolish EPA.  Anti-immigrant. Anti-gay.

Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt

Political Experience: 19 years. Oklahoma senate.  Oklahoma Att general.
Background- His official biography calls him “a leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda.” firmly anti-EPA.  Sued the EPA 14 times. Fossil fuel industry advocate. Anti-gay, anti-abortion. Climate change Denier. Airplane-gate.

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III

Political Experience 22 years. Senator, U.S. Senate, 1997–2017  Attorney general, state of Alabama, 1995–97
Background:   Anti-immigrant, anti-black, anti-gay.  Keen on voter suppression. Pro NRA.  A real fucking piece of work.

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos

Politcal experience: 0 (years as committeeperson or chairman Michigan republican party)
Background: Not an educator, no experience in public schools. She has essentially been a lobbyist for Private school voucher systems.  Commandeering Michigan public money for a failing charter school system. Sister of Erik Prince of Blackwater fame. Daughter of Amway founder.  May do the most damage of any of these cabinet members.  Billionaire.

 

 

 

 

 

5 thoughts on “How to break a Government, in 4 easy steps

    1. I honestly think it’s power. Money has been amassed. It certainly isn’t a matter of thoughtful application of intelligence and a desire to do good for mankind, because intelligence would lead one to see quite quickly, that in this administration, this had a high probabilty of being a dumpster fire. also, there is clearly little room to do good for mankind under Trump.

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      1. Yeah I did too. I decided to give it a go again after I became so irritated by realizing Trump just repeats soundbites from Fox news all day and those soundbites cobbled together=Trumps policies and worldviews. Wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t so damned obvious.

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