Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, January 02, 2017

Trump’s Questionable Nominations

Linda McMahon will be our Small Business Administration administrator.  She is a co-founder and was the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.  During the general election she was a Trump fundraiser.

John Kelly the former head of U.S. Southern Command will be in charge of the Department of Homeland Security.  He spent 40 years in the Marine Corps and retired earlier this year.

Trump’s pick to be Housing and Urban Development Secretary is Ben Carson.  He has no previous government experience but had a distinguished career as a neurosurgeon.

James Mattis was selected to be Defense Secretary.  He is a retired four-star general, who left the Marine Corps in 2013, and will need a congressional waiver in order to serve due to a federal law that requires a minimum seven-year gap between military service and running the Pentagon.

Trump decided on Steve Mnuchin to be his Treasury Secretary.  He was chairman of Trump's campaign's finance operation.  He previously worked as an executive at Goldman Sachs.  He told CNBC, that he would focus on cutting taxes, particularly corporate taxes.

Our Commerce Secretary will be Wilbur Ross, who is a billionaire investor and one of the authors on an infrastructure plan that Trump is considering.  He would focus on working with individual countries for bilateral trade agreements, rather than the stalled Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Transportation Secretary will be Elaine Chao, who was Labor secretary under former president George W. Bush and assistant secretary of Transportation under president George H.W. Bush.  She is also married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

Trump’s choice for Health and Human Services Secretary is Tom Price, who has been a vocal critic of President Obama's health care law.  The selection signals Trump's priority of repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. Price was an orthopedic surgeon, who has been in the House for six terms.

South Carolina Governor, Nikki Haley will be our U.N. Ambassador.  She dealt with several crises while leading her state but has little foreign policy experience.

Michigan Republican, Betsy DeVos will be our Education Secretary.  She is a strong advocate of school choice and school vouchers.

Ryan Zinke will be Trump’s Interior secretary.  He represents Montana in Congress and is on the House Natural Resources and Armed Services committees. 


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