We’ve got some big deadlines looming:
Pick a nominee, any nominee! Let’s look at the week! Then call your senators relentlessly.
Tuesday January 10- Sen Jeff Sessions (AL- R) for US Attorney General
This is my personal pick. Call your senators THIS VERY SECOND because his hearing is TOMORROW. Here are my chief concerns:
I actually don’t hate this choice. I worry that it will lead to a greater militarization of our immigration system, but I have great faith in General Kelly’s leadership skills as well as his devotion to the nation. He’s worked with multiple Commanders in Chiefs at this point, and has gone on record with a greater understanding of the root causes of immigration reform, citing violence in other countries related to America’s drug problem.
Wednesday, January 11- Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State
This is the former CEO of Exxon Mobil. More importantly, he has no public policy or government experience. He would be in charge of our foreign relations and diplomacy programs, something he stands to make a ton of money from. The conflicts of interest are large and looming, especially in relation to the Middle East and Russia, as well as, towards green energy initiatives and things like the Paris Accords.
If we want to “drain the swamp”, perhaps don’t fill it with people who will literally pour oil all over it to make a buck. You can read more here.
Wednesday, January 11- Rep. Mike Pompeo (R- KS) for CIA Director
On paper Mike sounds amazing. Former West Point and military, Harvard Law, then casually built himself an aerospace company before deciding to stop working with rocket scientists so that he could run for public office. Honestly, he’s smart and capable, but I personally, have some disagreements with him about the role of government and interpretation of the constitution.
After a bit of research, you start to read his quotes (emphasis below is mine). Firstly, you should know he is a very vocal opponent of Hillary Clinton, especially related in all things-Benghazi. My main concern however is his love of surveillance with little to no checks on it. As head of the CIA, he’ll have all the opportunity to push that agenda. If you wouldn’t let someone in your home without a warrant, why would you let them in your search history and email?
Here he is in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal- “Congress should pass a law re-establishing collection of all metadata, and combining it with publicly available financial and lifestyle information into a comprehensive, searchable database,” Pompeo continues later with, “Robust surveillance, drawing on a variety of technical and human intelligence and backed up by rigorous investigation of all leads, is the best way to mitigate the [terrorist] threat.”
Wednesday, January 11- Betsy Devos for Secretary of Education
Wow! Trump has chosen someone who does not believe in a public school system to run our public school system. She is a long-time proponent of the charter school system. She has never taught, has no degrees or experience in education, outside of her long-time lobbying for charter schools to supplement and replace public schools. Most notably- neither she nor any of her children have ever gone to a public school. She is one of many billionaires nominated to Trump’s cabinet. Most egregious to me, is her belief in for-profit charter schools replacing public schools.
I cannot better describe what her approach to education will do than this Washington Post piece. Please please read it, then call your senators.
Wednesday, January 11- ELAINE CHAO for Secretary of Transportation
She is very qualified and was a former Secretary of Labor. She is a female immigrant with an amazing resume. My biggest concern is her ties to Wells Fargo- she sat on their board until her nomination, her history of being anti-union, and her undebatable ties to the legislature through Mitch McConnell, her husband. PE Trump is said to have a large infrastructure plan at the core of his economic proposals and this is who he thinks can pull it off.
Thursday, Jan. 12-Andy Puzder for Secretary of Labor
No. Stop right here and then focus on these three facts.
FOR. LABOR. SECRETARY, HE IS ANTI WORKERS’ RIGHTS. LABOR SECRETARY!!!!
Thursday, Jan. 12-Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis for Secretary of Defense
Firstly, he legally cannot. U.S. law prohibits members of the military from serving as defense secretary “within seven years after relief from active duty as a commissioned officer of a regular component of an armed force.” Mattis, only retired in 2013 and would need 4 more years to qualify. However, Congress can provide a waiver. We’ve never done that though for good reason.
In short, he’s a hawk. A very hawkish hawk. There is a reason that the Secretary of Defense is supposed to be a civilian. It goes right along with all of our other checks and balances. Gen. Mattis has proposed greater action whenever he could. He’s known for having a hot tongue
Thursday, Jan. 12-Wilbur Ross for Secretary of Commerce
Do you remember Richard Gere’s character in Pretty Woman, you know, before his heart grows three sizes? That’s Wilbur Ross. No, really. He’s made his fortune buying up troubled companies, restructuring them entirely- frequently coming with mass layoffs and budget slashes, then selling them a bit later.
He is very very good at it. I’ll leave it to you to decide if you think that is a good quality in a Secretary of Commerce.
If you are thinking that maybe he secretly has a heart of gold, just like Richard Gere, I leave you with this. Do you remember the Sago Mine Disaster in 2006? 12 miners died after a roof collapsed in a mine. Wilbur Ross owned that mine, was aware of repeated safety violations, and did nothing in favor of a profit. You can read it from him personally in this interview.
Thursday, Jan. 12-Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development
Ah yes. We’ve come to this point. Dr. Ben Carson is a brilliant neuro-surgeon. He also does not believe in most science based facts like climate change, the Pyramids of Giza’s historical use, or the purpose of government in urban affairs.
He has publicly stated that he believes that HUD should be abolished and that the government was replacing “church-based” programs. In february, Carson said that “We the people have the responsibility to take care of the indigent in our society. It’s not the government’s job.”
So, what is he going to do?
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