After promising to “drain the swamp” by taking insiders, lobbyists, and corrupting influences out of government, Trump’s latest cabinet pick is reportedly going to be billionaire investor and “king of bankruptsy” Wilbur Ross for Commerse Secretary.
Ross is precisely the sort of vulture capitalist your mother warned you about, one of the gentry who both created and benefitted from the G. W. Bush Great Recession.
According to TPM, from a story in HuffPo, it is being reported in the Turkish press that Trump “talked up” his Turkish business partner during one or more of his several self-congradulatory calls to Turkish President Erdogan. That partner is apparently going to become an important intermediary between the governments of Turkey and the United States.
This matters for two reasons. First, the American Government is being turned into a vehicle for the enhancement of wealth and power for cronies of the president. This mixture of business and government is the classic definition of “fascism”.
Second, it is humiliating for America, and particularly for the American press, that we here in the U.S. have to find out about what is happening in our own government through foreign news sources.
The New York Times is reporting that Trump has chosen billionaire Republican fund-source and public school opponent Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, and far-right South Carolina governor Nikki Haley to be U.N. ambassador–and claiming this adds to the incoming administration’s “diversity”, because these ultra-conservative Washington insiders are women.
No, NYT. This is not “diversification”. It is attempted identity politics. Like nominating Alan Keyes to run for the Senate in Illinois in 2004 against Barack Obama was supposed to siphon off African-American votes. Nominating or appointing a token doesn’t alter the drive to un-do American values and dismantle the things that made America into America.