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Saturday, December 24, 2016

President Trump's Cabinet gets a good review

President Trump did as expected in appointing competent, successful people to his Cabinet. Generals will handle security, businessmen will handle the economy, and a mixture of politicians and reformers will handle the rest.

Having a medical doctor who ran a business re-write Obamacare is brilliant.

The sleeper draft choice may be Elaine Lan Chao at transportation. If you are going to direct a trillion dollars in infrastructure improvements, you might want to put it in the hands of someone familiar with how a federal bureaucracy works.

The Cabinet has some good reviews. I post this from one.

From Jon Gabriel:
As Donald Trump rolled out his cabinet nominees, Beltway types were disturbed by a peculiar pattern.
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said that he wanted to close the Department of Energy in 2012. Trump chose Perry to lead it.
Betsy DeVos has spent years opposing Common Core and anti-reform teachers’ unions. Trump picked her to run the Department of Education.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt gained national fame by suing Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency and their mountain of new mandates. Now Trump wants Pruitt to lead the agency.
Health and Human Services nominee Rep. Tom Price might be Obamacare’s fiercest critic, while Housing and Urban Development nominee Dr. Ben Carson inveighs against the Washington’s cycle of dependency for low-income Americans. Interior Department nominee Rep. Ryan Zinke repeatedly angered the Sierra Club and other environmental groups with a voting record that championed hunters and fishers.
Fans of an ever-expanding federal government are aghast, wondering why so many of Trump’s nominees are openly hostile to the mission of the agencies they seek to lead. But limited government advocates are thinking, it’s about time!
Gabriel definitely was not a fan of President Trump.

Likely still isn't.

But performance is the best way to convert a critic.
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16 comments:

  1. I just linked your book on a pro-Trump facebook page. Hopefully it will sell a few more books!

    Merry Christmas, Don!

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    1. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah

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  2. As Reagan did with the air traffic controllers, Trump and his cabinet secretaries have to find a way to deal with obstructionist civil service employees who are deeply embedded within the bureaucracy. Once they have devised a successful strategy for doing that, they can begin the restructuring of the gigantic Federal bureaucracy and the devolution of power back to the states where under our Constitution much of it belongs. Make no mistake, the rollback of the many regulations and executive orders and international "agreements" DJT inherits from The Zero will face strong legal challenge from the Obamabots who profit from them. I'm hoping the very unpredictability of DJT will keep this process from becoming a tortuous war of attrition in the courts throughout DJT's entire term in office. He needs to act swiftly and decisively while the opposition remains off balance.

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    1. Simple. "You're fired!" - Elric

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    2. Before Trump fires you, Mad Dog closes the breech.

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    3. Make that "the zero." obama has not earned capitalization.

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    4. I think he ought to ask Paul Ryan to sponsor a bill banning public employee unions. Outlaw them. Even a liberal like FDR saw the danger.

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  3. I also think Trump is ensuring that the Republican bench is filled, from Mike Pence, Nikki Haley, to Rick Perry. These are people that will give us a good slate of candidates in 2024. The Dems have nobody under 60 for 2020 and beyond.

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    1. When Bernie honeymooned in Moscow, you reckon they took him to Lenin's Mausoleum and pulled the ol' switcheroo?

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    2. I predict the Republicans will need someone to replace Trump in 2020. If he makes good headway in the next four years, I think he'll bow out and hand the party over to someone else to carry on the job. Second terms tend to be disasters for presidents. Depending on how Trump uses Pence, Pence could be a formidable candidate against anyone the Democrats might be able to field as their nominee in 2020. Their bench is mighty thin, especially when it comes to people who are too young to be on Social Security. Pence looks presidential and is young enough to go for two terms in office. If Trump is successful and his success resonates with American voters, this could be start of a Republican dynasty. There's a lot at stake here, so I hope Congressional Republicans don't mess things up for Trump. God knows, the Democrats are going to be fighting Trump every step of the way.

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    3. The bench is all the Republican governors. Plus the senators. And perhaps a house member or two. The next few years will see who distinguishes themselves from the pack and takes the lead.

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    4. @ Iapetus

      Not so sure. Ronnie's second term went pretty well.

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    5. Trump will be 74 in 2020. 78 if he finishes a 2nd term. Workaholic or not, he may be satisfied with getting the ball rolling. Washington knew when to quit. Trump will have nothing to prove by staying.

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  4. Jon Gabriel, whatever he may be (and I don't know but one thing about him), I know only from Instapundit's recurring insertion of Jon Gabriel's
    tweet: "What I like most about the Obama era is all the racial healing."

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  5. So far so good. I can't disagree in any substance with any of Trump's picks. Now the real work begins.

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  6. I voted for Trump but I am concerned about his appointments from Goldman Sachs. Their allegiance will always be to Goldman Sachs, not the American people.

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