Simply The Best? I'm Not So Sure
Trump continually promised he would be able to bring the “best” people to work for him. But so far his cabinet is shaping up to be an amalgam of career politicians and technocrats, Fox News contributors, and, most importantly, plutocrats. I’m pretty sure this was not the kind of shake-up the people who voted for him had in mind. The appointment of Steve Mnuchin as Treasury Secretary will, I’m sure, put fear into the hearts of Wall Street as he will be sure to crack down on all the abuses in the financial industry. Just kidding. Besides his own checkered history, he is a second generation alumnus of Goldman Sachs. No, I don’t mean he is a second generation American – his father was a Goldman Banker, too. I wonder if that helped him get the job…
In any case, Kevin Drum put together a handy little chart yesterday to show how much of Trump’s cabinet is made up of career insiders, crazies, and plutocrats:
I guess we should also note that about half of these appointees have had little or no experience running large government organization. It’s going to be a long four years.