Saturday, December 10, 2016

DONALD TRUMP REALLY IS BUILDING The MOST CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENTIAL CABINET In U. S. HISTORY On NEWSWEEK MAG!!!

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A lot was written during the presidential campaign about the end of norms!!!
It was a norm for a presidential candidate to release his or her taxes; now it isn’t. It was a norm to divest one’s assets and put them in a blind trust; now it isn’t. It was a norm for a president-elect to sit through daily or almost daily intelligence briefings; now it isn’t.
To understand the new ground that Donald Trump is plowing in terms of his cabinet, look at the UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT Of LABOR (DOL).
The DOL was established more than 100 years ago under President Howard Taft, a Republican, to separate the labor bureau from the business-oriented Commerce Department, in part to assuage the concerns of a growing union movement. A single secretary of labor and commerce, one union leader said, “was like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Taft was no fan of the department, but he reluctantly signed the law anyway during his last hours in office.
In the century since, DOL responsibilities have grown to cover everything from compiling labor statistics to ensuring mine safety to overseeing the nation’s pension programs. When it comes to appointing labor secretaries, there’s been an unwritten rule: Democrats don’t appoint union leaders and Republicans don’t appoint CEOs.
President-Elect TRUMP said he doesn’t want to touch entitlements, but his choice for secretary of health and human services, GEORGIA Republican US Representative TOM PRICE (District 6), who also is a physician, is a believer in creating a voucher system from MEDICARE.
MEDICARE would transform into an insurance program that offers a defined set of hospital, physician and prescription benefits into a “premium support” program under which the elderly are given a subsidy to buy private insurance. 
MEDICAID is the government health program for lower-income Americans. He is favored turning it over to the states. This is far to the right of anything pursued by George W. Bush, who actually expanded Medicare more than any president since Lyndon Johnson when he proposed and passed a prescription drug benefit. Maybe Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorina would have appointed Price, a House leader on health care, but this is not the hands-off Medicare policy that Trump promised.
The nomination of SCOTT PRUITT  to be administrator of the ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA) is unlike any since the first days of the Reagan administration. 
George W.. Bush appointed moderate New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman to be his first EPA head. His father appointed William Reilly, then head of the World Wildlife Fund. Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma, is a climate change denier who became infamous for having written a letter of complaint to the EPA about what he said was an overestimation of pollution figures for his state. The letter, it emerged, was written by staff at Devon Energy. Any Republican was going to shift Obama’s policies on climate change, although it’s worth remembering that Senator John McCain used to talk about climate change and supported cap-and-trade measures to stem it.
At the DEPARTMENT Of EDUCATION (DOE), the appointment of BETSY DeVOS marks a turning point—she would be the first education secretary who has never attended public school nor have the DeVos children. 
She is a fierce advocate for offering vouchers to allow parents to send their children to private schools. The idea has wide currency among Republicans and some Democrats alarmed at the state of some poorer school districts. Most Republican secretaries of education, such as Lamar Alexander and Margaret Spellings, have recognized the political realities of trying to institute a national voucher program and have instead focused on choice within the public school system and the creation of charter schools. 

ALABAMA Republican Senator JEFF SESSIONS is the President-Elect's  pick to be U. S. ATTORNEY GENERAL, and can be expected to carry over all of the most controversial policies of the Bush-Obama years when it comes to surveillance and civil liberties. But as the Senate’s leading advocate of restricting immigration, legal and illegal, he’ll take the department in a direction that it never saw under the last two Republican attorneys general, John Ashcroft and Alberto Gonzales. Concerns over Sessions’s commitment to civil rights as U.S. attorney in Alabama led to his being denied a federal judgeship by the Senate in 1986. In modern times, no president has nominated an attorney general who had previously been rejected by the Senate for a post.

This cabinet will be the RICHEST PRESIDENTIAL CABINET In U. S. HISTORY, with at least $14 billion in personal wealth. Depending on where you sit, that’s a good or a bad thing. But it’s a much more solidly conservative Republican assemblage than Trump intimated he’d pursue during the campaign. Unless our protean president does another flip, we now know who he is.

Get the full 4-1-1 from NEWSWEEK Journalist MATTHEW COOPER on how President-Elect #45 DONALD JOHN TRUMP REALLY IS BUILDING The MOST CONSERVATIVE PRESIDENTIAL CABINET In U. S. HISTORY.

-CCG

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