Trump names anti-Obamacare congressman Tom Price his health secretary amid rumors he will make General James Mattis defense secretary and Ben Carson HUD secretary today.Sad that I have to rely on a London tabloid over the Wall Street Journal for news about the coming presidency.
Oh well. They did it to themselves.
Mattis is a monster pick. When he was 19, he enlisted -- at the height of the Vietnam War.
Former Marine Commandant General Charles Chandler Krulak and his wife used to bake Christmas cookies for the troops, which he delivered at 4 a.m. He went to Quantico on Christmas and asked the lance corporal who was the officer on duty.
From One Marine's View:
The lance corporal said, “Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.” And General Krulak said, “No, no, no. I know who General Mattis is. I mean, who’s the officer of the day today, Christmas day?” The lance corporal, feeling a little anxious, said, “Sir, it is Brigadier General Mattis.”The general thought the corporal was confused, but no:
About that time, General Krulak said that General Mattis came in, in a duty uniform with a sword, and General Krulak said, “Jim, what are you doing here on Christmas Day? Why do you have duty?” General Mattis told him that the young officer who was scheduled to have duty on Christmas Day had a family, and General Mattis decided it was better for the young officer to spend Christmas Day with his family, and so he chose to have duty on Christmas Day.Good leaders take care of the troops. Plus, the sword. Awesome. They will have to change the law to let him run the Defense Department. So do it.
And how about General Krulak? He was out there several days around the holidays at 4 a.m. handing out Christmas cookies.
Dr. Carson grew up poor (as did I). Methinks he can help people escape poverty rather than just keep handing out money. But HUD is a mess that needs to be scrapped.
All I know about Dr. Tom Price is that he was right about everything on Obamacare. He was a big reason Republicans did not touch that stinking load with a ten-foot pole. He never quit pointing out its systemic problems. Not one Republican crossed the aisle. Now he will have to turn the turd into a turnip. I think that is the best that can be done.
These men share in common success outside of politics. Politico calls this the Team of Gazillionaires. Measured by dollars, these men don't make the club. Measured by accomplishments, well, what is higher than gazillion?
But what do you think?