SO YOU THOUGHT TRUMP WAS THE MESSENGER OF CHANGE?

All of the people proposed by Donald Trump harbor far right-wing agendas.  Further right than even George Bush: representatives of the corporations, banks and military / industrial complex.  Men and institutions you thought Trump would go after for criminal behavior: destruction of the environment, violation of banking laws, taking advantage of trade imbalances.  Men and institutions who flaunt the laws to maximize their salaries and stock options and positions of power.

If you had opened a neutral magazine or read newspaper accounts of what his programs would cost, who they would affect, then you surely would not have voted for him.  Every word Trump spoke during the campaign was a lie.  His businesses are built on lies.  His entire life consists of and relies on lies. 

The 17 people who US president-elect Donald Trump has selected for his cabinet or for posts with cabinet rank have well over $9.5 billion in combined wealth, with several positions still unfilled. This collection of wealth is greater than that of the 43 million least wealthy American households combined—over one third of the 126 million households total in the US.

Rex Tillerson, Secretary of State — Despite having no government or diplomatic experience, Rex Tillerson was Trump’s choice to head the State Department. The ExxonMobil CEO’s ties to Russia and the Middle East could prove problematic during his confirmation process, though. “The thing I like best about Rex Tillerson is that he has vast experience at dealing successfully with all types of foreign governments,” Trump tweeted after officially announcing the pick.

Jeff Sessions, Attorney General — The Alabama senator became the first member of the upper chamber to endorse Trump in February. As the chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration, Sessions helped Trump craft a hardline immigration plan that he touted would prevent people from entering the country illegally.  Though respected by his Republican colleagues in the Senate, Sessions will likely face Democratic opposition during his nomination hearing for past controversial remarks. He was blocked by the Senate after being accused of making racially insensitive comments about a former colleague. Thomas Figures, an African-American, said Sessions told him to be careful what he said to “white folks” and once made a comment sympathetic to the KKK.

Retired Gen. James Mattis, Secretary of Defense — Mattis, a former commander of U.S. Central Command, is known for his blunt, outspoken style and his selection likely signals Trump will take an increasingly hardline stance with Iran.  Mattis, known by the nickname “Mad Dog,” aggressively led a Marine division into Baghdad during the 2003 invasion in Iraq. He has openly talked about enjoying war and “brawling.”

Retired Gen. John F. Kelly, Secretary of Homeland Security — The retired four-star general will be responsible for overseeing Trump’s controversial immigration plans. He, like Trump, has expressed concerns over drug trafficking across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Tom Price, Secretary of Health and Human Services.  Price has been one of the fiercest opponents of the Affordable Care Act and his nomination signals Trump intends to make major changes to Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment. The six-term Congressman is an orthopedic surgeon and has written a proposal that would drastically alter the health care law and opposes both abortion and gay marriage.

Former Gov. Rick Perry, Department of Energy — The former Texas governor and two-time presidential candidate has been chosen to lead the department he infamously forgot he wanted to cut. In what became known as his “oops” moment during a 2011 debate, Perry could name only two of the three departments he hoped to dismantle, ultimately failing to recall the Energy Department.  Perry, like Trump, does not believe in human-caused climate change and has close ties to the oil industry. He serves on the board of directors of the company building the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development – Trump’s former rival finally accepted Trump’s offer to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development He gained international fame for his role in helping to separate infant conjoined twins.  A man who thought Darwin was doing the Devil’s work.

Betsy DeVos, Secretary of the Department of Education — DeVos, a 58-year-old billionaire philanthropist, heads the American Federation for Children.  Groups like the National Education Association and American Federation of Teachers have opposed her nomination, arguing her work promoting charter schools has undercut public education and corporatized the nation’s school systems.  The Michigan native is married to Dick DeVos, an heir to the Amway fortune, and is the sister of Erik Prince, founder of the government-contracted security company formerly known as Blackwater.

Rep. Ryan Zinke, Department of the Interior — The Montana Republican is a strong supporter of coal, oil and gas exploration and environmental advocacy groups have slammed his selection to head the department in charge of overseeing about three-quarters of federal lands and natural resources.

Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations — South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley quickly accepted Trump’s offer to become the U.S. ambassador to the United Zero foreign policy experience

Elaine Chao, Secretary of Transportation — Trump tapped Chao, a former labor secretary, to head the Department of Transportation.  Chao is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell,

Steve Mnuchin, Secretary of the Treasury.  H began his career at Goldman Sachs, where he spent 17 years and rose to become a partner. He left to start his own hedge fund and went on to become a financier of Hollywood films like “Avatar” and “American Sniper.” Throughout his career, Mnuchin showed only a limited interest in politics and remained mostly behind the scenes during Trump’s run.

Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce.   The 79-year-old billionaire made his fortune by buying up and restructuring companies in industries like steel and coal, the kinds of jobs that Trump has pledged to bring back. He also has been an outspoken critic of free trade agreements, which was a hallmark of Trump’s campaign. His relationship with Trump goes back decades. Ross helped Trump keep control of his failing Taj Mahal casino in the 1990s by persuading investors not to push out the real estate mogul.  Ross is expected to face questions during his confirmation about his role in the 2006 Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia. Twelve miners were killed after an explosion there shortly after his company purchased the mine. Ross said he was aware of the mine had multiple violations but said he felt comfortable sending workers into what he thought was a safe situation.

Andy Puzder, Secretary of Labor — The head of CKE Restaurants, which includes Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s, favors rolling back restaurant regulations and has suggested replacing fast-food employees with robots. Puzder staunchly opposes raising the minimum wage, arguing that doing so would result in fewer jobs. He was criticized earlier this year for lauding the benefits of replacing humans with automated employees because they “never take a vacation, they never show up late, there’s never a slip-and-fall, or an age, sex, or race discrimination case.”

More insane, disgusting, obnoxious, unqualified, unsympathetic, incompetent choices yet to come.

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