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Cabinet of Deplorables
Author: BobR    Date: 11/30/2016 16:16:09

As the staffing positions for the looming tRump pResidency go from being penciled to inked, the Cabinet is increasingly being filled with a collection of some of the most ardent anti-progressives available (with rare exception). Here is the current list...

  • `Chief of Staff: Reince Preibus
    • Lawyer
    • Wisconsin political insider
    • Buddies with Paul Ryan

  • Chief Strategist: Steve Bannon
    • Breitbart exec
    • racist and anti-semitic
    • self-declared "Alt-Right"
    • stated: "Darkness is good: Dick Cheney. Darth Vader. Satan. That's power..."

  • Senior Communications Advisor: Jason Miller
    • Doesn't think flag-burning is constitutionally-protected free speech

  • White House Council: Donald McGahn
    • As Chair of FEC under Dubya, hindered reform efforts (related to spending)
    • Very tight with Koch brothers

  • Attorney General: Jeff Sessions
    • 1986 Judgeship denied due to racist leanings
    • anti-immigration (even legal immigration)
    • pro-war, pro-torture
    • pro "forfeiture" laws
    • anti-gay

  • National Security Advisor: Mike Flynn

  • CIA Director: Mike Pompeo
    • Part of Benghazi witch hunt
    • Opposes abortion and the ACA
    • Lifetime NRA member
    • Wants to re-institute massive metadata mining programs
    • Leaked supposedly secret details of the Iran nuclear deal

  • Secretary of Transportation: Elaine Chao
    • Deputy Sec'y of Transportation under Papa Bush
    • Labor Secretary under Dubya - failed to investigate minimum wage complaints or enforce mine safety
    • Married to Mitch McConnell

  • Secretary of Commerce: Wilbur Ross
    • Billionaire Investor
    • Corporate raider / vampire capitalist
    • Is invested in coal

  • Secretary of Education: Betsy DeVos

  • Secretary of the Treasury: Steven Mnuchin
    • Goldman-Sachs exec
    • As chair of OneWest bank, accused of redlining

  • Secretary of Defense: James Mattis
    • Actually - a pretty good choice

  • U.N. Ambassador: Nikki Haley
    • Current SC governor
    • Pluses: removed confederate flag, anti-HB2, pro-education
    • Minuses: pro-ID for voting, tax cuts, anti-abortion
    • None of her positions really have any bearing on the Ambassadorship

  • Health and Human Services: Tom Price
    • Orthopaedic Surgeon
    • Opposes the ACA
    • Wants to turn Medicare into a voucher system
    • Wants to turn Medicaid into a block-grant system
    • Wants to "overhaul" Social Security

  • Housing and Urban Development: Ben Carson
    • Neurosurgeon and presidential candidate
    • No experience at job
    • May not want it

These positions are not nailed down, but there are some definite short-listers:

  • Veterans Affairs: Scott Brown?
    • Former MA Senator

  • Homeland Security: Mike McCaul?
    • Currently Homeland Security Chair in the House

  • Secretary of the Interior:
    • Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin
    • Larry Nichols: Oil company exec
    • Palin??

  • Secretary of State: ?
    • Romney
    • Petraeus
    • Giuliani

The list for these are still pretty long...

  • Secretary of Agriculture: too soon to tell
  • Secretary of Labor: too soon to tell
  • Secretary of Energy: too soon to tell
  • EPA: too soon to tell
  • Office of Management and Budget: too soon to tell

Most of these positions need to be approved by Congress, so it's possible Dems could block the worst of them (i.e.: Sessions), but this Cabinet of Deplorables looks like something out of horror movie.

57 comments (Latest Comment: 11/30/2016 22:26:00 by Raine)
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