Wrong again, media.
In hearings so far, Trump's Cabinet appointees have disagreed with Trump on a few issues.
President Trump tweeted this morning, "All of my Cabinet nominee are looking good and doing a great job. I want them to be themselves and express their own thoughts, not mine!"
This created some discussion. Joe Scarborough tweeted in a link to a highlight of his show: "Trump Cabinet nominees contrast with President-Elect: How big is the daylight between them?"
It was a good discussion.
Welcome to the difference between capitalism and government. Successful CEOs do not surround themselves with lackeys. Obama did.
The major problem in government is there is no incentive to innovate. The people in government go from school to working in the government without spending time outside that machine.
So the answer to every problem is more government. Look at the cockamamie approach to the rising childhood obesity among the poor. Rather than reducing food stamps and forbidding their use to buy snacks, Congress decided to feed them more by offering another free meal at school.
Trump's approach is that of a man who at 25 took over the family business and turned it from a local real estate operation worth $100 million to a multi-national conglomerate worth 100 times as much.
Why doesn't President Trump hire Yes Men?
Because he wants to get things done.
Ed Morrissey praised Trump, but...
Trump seems to have gathered that voters wanted some sacred cows slaughtered, but mostly want governance based on competence from a Right-leaning perspective. The Senate should take away from this that personnel will truly be policy, and that while Trump might push the rhetorical boundaries, his Cabinet officials will take a more traditional path. At least, that’s true of these Cabinet officials. Maybe it behooves them to confirm these, lest others come along with more problematic consistency to Trump’s campaign rhetoric.
Addendum: Just to boil down why I think “seriously, not literally” applies: Trump picked these people for these positions. If personnel is policy, then these are the policies that Trump actually wants implemented, and his campaign rhetoric on these points was mainly for effect. That also explains why Trump picked an existing VA exec rather than go for an outsider for radical change.Discounting Trump's promises as "campaign rhetoric" dismisses the point. He will build the wall. He will drain the swamp. He will enable the people to Make America Great Again.
Don't worry about the VA. The plan of offering vets their choice between VA care and the local hospital is a radical change that should improve health care for vets. The appointment of someone inside may indicate no outsider wanted the job.
Trump has given his executives tasks. How they accomplish them is up to them.
Over at the Wall Street Journal, readers reacted to "Trump Lashes Out at Hillary Clinton, Intelligence Officials in Tweets" by ignoring that food fight and looking at the real story: Trump tweeting support of his people even when they publicly disagree.
From Arleen Steinberg:
What we are seeing is that Trump is mature enough to take varying opinion and facts that diverge from his own. He will be Assimilation Central, and then make decisions based on the best information he can find as well as use his internal compass.
This is much better leadership than by an ideologue like Obama who shut out diverging opinion for example by calling them deniers, or by Clinton calling them deplorable.
Both functioned by ideology .
Pragmatism and leadership were voted for by the people, and hopefully that will be delivered by President Trump.
Although there is still much despair over the election from the other side, it is really time for the other side to grow up and act more like adults, and that includes Republicans, Democrats and the MSM.
What we are seeing for the first time in years is a president that leadsHallelujah.
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