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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What do you think of President Trump's latest Cabinet picks?

From the Daily Mail:
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?

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27 comments:

  1. Thumbs up, so far. Also, whoever Donald wants for the other posts is fine with me. I trusted him with a few of my dollars and with my vote. So, I'll trust him to pick a good team. MAGA!

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  2. I like his picks, too. Dr. Carson will get the media and Dems (but I repeat myself) minds (what little there is of that) well and truly messed up.

    Politico...wrong, Wrong, WRONG again!

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  3. I think Carson and DeVos have been nominated to posts Trump wants to eliminate, and Mattis is a terrible choice.

    Petraeus should get Defense - we need a thinker on the scale of George Marshall and Al Wedemeyer.

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    1. I liked Petraeus for his military ability, but the fact that he was sloppy with classified defense information makes me uncomfortable with him having any further access. He's no more than Sandy Burger with a general's retirement pay to me.
      Need-to-know is need-to-know. Sharing it with someone not authorized is a disqualifier.

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  4. I like the picks, too. I don't think I will ever see anyone in politics espouse my solution to the health care problem, which is abolition of occupational licensing, and educational accreditation. The cancer of regulation starts there and creates a monopoly in a huge market. That hyperregulated monopoly then becomes a gigantic tax farm. Think of health care and those who regulate it as something akin to the Farmers General in prerevolutionary France. Salt was a necessity of life. The government created a monopoly in it, and that monopoly became the largest employer in France. When people started finding ways of going around the system and weren't buying enough salt through the approved channels, laws were passed requiring them to buy it and police powers were added to those the Farmers General already possessed. They could enter your home without a warrant and search for salt. If they had no record of you purchasing it from them you could be sent to the galleys. This is one reason why the Deplorable Unite song from Les Miserables is so appropriate. The people in that book and musical were fighting against a police state that was enslaving them. Those who have helped create the highly regulated managerial state we have and are connecting it with global powers and elites wish to enslave us, too. This all needs to be broken up. The only way to do it in an orderly fashion is from the top. When it gets done from the bottom, it is usually because it has already collapsed, and rebuilding in a dark age is tough.

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    1. All good points. Occupational licensing is a scourge in so many areas. To see even one department or sub-agency eliminated would be a major achievement to measure success by.

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  5. edutcher - Have you read some of Mattis' quotes? He will make an awesome SecDef!

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    1. Or maybe just give him a MEU off the books and put an end to ISIS.

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    2. You got it. Be Mossad not Custer.

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    3. Quotes do not a good administrator make. I'd like to see somebody who thinks. Patton had a lot of quotes, but he was never as good as his press.

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    4. Patton was not as good as his press? WTF?

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  6. Thumbs up on everyone so far. I also like the potential pick for treasury John Allison of BB&T. See instapundit.

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  7. I think the picks are solid. DeVos is a reformer. As always I have some concerns about a blue blood in an education post but she is passionate about choice. Dismantling the teachers union progressive power over education is key. If federal control spending and influence drop and choice increases she will be a success - I think she will try very hard.

    Carson is a bit of a wildcard as a leader and so may make some mistakes but his heart is in the right place. I don't know if he has the full focus to battle a bureaucracy or is always on point with battling socialism but willing to give him the chance.

    Price pick says they are serious about eliminating Obamacare. That's a great pick too. Would love for healthcare to be Trump's signature achievement and Obama's legacy to be 8 years of failed policies and no other legacy.

    The one thing we need to support Trump in is reining in a republican Congress that still wants lobbyist funded dinners and trips and re-election donations to lard up bills with dumb ideas. We could shoot out own reformers in the feet.

    Overall - I have high but realistic hopes, it's a breath of fresh air flowing through the fetid stinking DC swamp.

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  8. If my mental calculations are correct, the Golden State Warriors actually won the NBA Finals with 762 total points over the course of seven games, more than the Cleveland Cavaliers' 670 points.

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    1. Yes, but there may have been some travelling infractions the referees didn't catch so we will need a recount.

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  9. " Schumer calls Trump's HHS pick 'far out of mainstream' " - well, that's as fine an endorsement of Price as you could ask for. Nice choice, P-E Trump.

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    1. When the enemy/opposition is complaining, you're doing right.

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    2. When Schumer starts with the hyperbole (the GOP is attacking Seniors) we know that Dr. Price is the man to take that travesty Obamacare down!

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  10. Tom Price has represented my district in Georgia since 2005. He's not flashy, but I've always been impressed with his work. He's a doctor, so he understands the business and legal side of medicine as well as the actual practice, and has been vocal about the shortcomings of the (un)Affordable Care Act. I think he's a solid choice to turn the turd into a turnip, as you say.

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  11. A theme is emerging in these selections: Outsiders. Me likey. Me likey much.

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    1. A sitting Congressman and a doctor is an outsider at HHS?

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    2. Two words for ya, brother...Tom Coburn. Are you saying he was an insider? Go outside, take some deep cleansing breaths, and get back on your game.

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  12. Beyond the good picks, let's hit the worrisome
    ones.

    Seema Verma - eh, not sure. While Indiana was one of the better expansions of Medicaid, it was nowhere as good as the moves Pence's predecessor Mitch Daniel made to contain healthcare costs.


    This is a Pence pick through and through. While competent, most John's Hopkins Health Policy graduates are not terribly conservative.

    So, may work out and better than anyone we have had in 8 years, but a lot to prove.

    I'm not sold on Mnuchin yet. I haven't seen anything good come out of Goldman involvement in monetary policy. The guy is super smart and jumped on the Trump wagon early which is a good sign - but we will see.

    The BB&T banking CEO would have been a phenomenal pick that would have restored sanity and discipline to the financial sector. Too bad we didn't get him.

    Mnuchin - hopeful, he wasn't scared to jump on train Trump early, but TBD.

    Trust but verify ...

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    1. Seema Verma was hired by Daniels. She is a medicaid/medicare expert - and adapted the state programs to the onerous O'care regs. Therefore she is best able to 'undo' them.

      Mnuchin was no surprise because he ran the campaign finances. He has a history of donating to everybody from Romney to Clinton to Schumer to Giuliani. More on him here:
      http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/trump-names-national-finance-chair-222846

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