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[Opinion piece]Donald Trump has assembled the worst Cabinet in American history

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/01/19/donald-trump-has-assembled-the-worst-cabinet-in-american-history/?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-b%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.bdd7fae9b4eb


Any time a new administration comes into office, there will be some complaining about the new president’s cabinet picks. But we’re seeing something extraordinary happening now. Donald Trump’s cabinet brings with it a combination of ethical problems, inexperience, hostility to the missions of the departments its members are being called to lead, and plain old ignorance that is simply unprecedented.






Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury: Mnuchin has never served in government and has no experience in setting macroeconomic policy, but he did lead Donald Trump’s fundraising effort. In advance of his confirmation hearing, Mnuchin “failed to disclose his interests in a Cayman Islands corporation as well as more than $100 million in personal assets.”


Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services: Rep. Price, a doctor who has taken a particular interest in legislating on health care, has a habit of trading in health care stocks that are affected by the legislation he writes; he also recently got a “sweetheart deal” on stock in a foreign biotech firm.


Betsy DeVos, Secretary of Education: DeVos, a billionaire Republican donor, has spent much of her adult life attempting to destroy public education in America. Despite that work, at her confirmation hearing she displayed a shocking ignorance of basic issues in education policy, though she did opine that schools should be able to have guns in them to ward off grizzly bear attacks.


Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor: If Trump had searched America to find the individual most hostile to the rights of workers, he could not have done much better than Puzder, the CEO of a fast-food company. The man who will be responsible for safeguarding workers’ rights is an ardent opponent of minimum wage increases and laws mandating things like break time and overtime pay; his company has been repeatedly cited for wage theft.


Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: The former presidential candidate, who has precisely zero experience in housing policy, was apparently appointed to lead this department because he’s one of the few African-Americans Donald Trump has met.


Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget: Mulvaney was just revealed to have employed a nanny without paying payroll taxes for her, to the tune of over $15,000.


Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce: The billionaire investor just realized that one of the dozen or so household staff he employs was undocumented.


Ryan Zinke, Secretary of the Interior: Rep. Zinke is a former Navy Seal whose career was hampered by the fact that he was caught repeatedly billing the government for personal trips home which he falsely claimed were for the purpose of scouting training locations.


Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency: Like Puzder and DeVos, Pruitt seems to have been chosen for his fervent opposition to the mission of the agency he’ll be leading. As Attorney General of Oklahoma, he sued the EPA multiple times over its efforts to enforce environmental laws. In his confirmation hearings, he refused to commit to recuse himself from the cases among those that are still open, in the apparent belief that there isn’t anything wrong with essentially being both plaintiff and defendant in a lawsuit. When asked about lead poisoning, a vital and longstanding environmental issue that gained new urgency with the poisoning of the water in Flint, MI, he said that he had “not looked at the scientific research on that.”


Michael Flynn, National Security Adviser: Flynn, an ardent Islamophobe and purveyor of lunatic conspiracy theories, was fired from his last job in government because of mismanagement.


Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State: Tillerson has no government or diplomatic experience, though he has been to many countries that have oil.


Nikki Haley, United Nations Ambassador: Haley’s foreign policy experience consists of going on a couple of trade missions as governor of South Carolina.
 

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rick perry, barely graduated from tx a&m, got a D in a course called 'meats', couldn't remember the words 'dept of energy' in '12, and had no clue that the DoE is in charge of our nukes when appointed to run it... that's some bigly IQ at work right there, right up to snuff w/ the guy he's replacing...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Moniz
 

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Trump said earlier this is the best, greatest cabinet ever assembled in the history of the universe, so this thread is obviously off-base.
 

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Andrew Puzder, Secretary of Labor
Reminds me of....

"Please come back when you can afford to make a purchase.
Your kids are starving.
Carl's Jr. believes no child should go hungry.
You are an unfit mother.
Your children will be placed in the custody of Carl's Jr.
Carl's Jr... "**** You, I'm Eating"
 

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I don't know about worse all time. Top 3 sure but I can't remember any standouts from Carters administration.
 

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Haley will be fine in the UN. Mulvaney and Ross will probably be ok. Mulvaney at least took care of the problem.

And before people get all crabby about the Washington Post, it's an OPINION article, not a news one.
 

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Not simply the "worst," by far the least educated. Not surprising the South ran to the polls to vote for a president who values education as little as they do.
 

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Actually Rick Perry who I have a pretty low opinion of at least gives me some confidence. I was reading something where he basically admitted he knew nothing and that realization kinda hit him. So at least with him at least I have hope because he sees now that there is a little more to this than his previous talking points. So at this point he's gained a tiny bit of respect from me simply because he admitted that he had some serious learning to do.
 

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Linda McMahon S.B.A.

Donald Trump Names WWE's Linda McMahon To Head Small Business Administration

It is hard to think of any person whose life work has been more inimical to workers, and indeed to small businesses, than McMahon. WWE has made untold profits from using labor loopholes to classify its employees as “independent contractors,” denying them overtime despite grueling travel schedules and health care despite the physical toll taken by the job. WWE has made aggressive use of industry tax credits designed to create jobs even as it laid off workers, and smothered even the slightest unionization efforts. Her company has obtained a de facto monopoly in the pro wrestling business through a ruthless campaign of crushing, suing, and pricing out competitors, many of them actual small businesses. This is no less insulting than if Trump had picked someone from the Wal-Mart board.

So what makes her qualified for this job? It probably isn’t all the money she’s made peddling racism and misogyny, or her proximity to very real drug and domestic-violence scandals. What might not hurt is the fact that Linda donated $6 million to a super PAC funding Trump’s presidential campaign, and that she and husband Vince—longtime allies of Trump whose business dealings with him go back to the 1980s—have given $5 million to the Trump Foundation, making them the single largest outside donors.
 

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