Why you should be concerned about Trump Administration Picks.
In thinking each day about the choices for the Trump Administration, many of us are scared for the future. The positions of the people he’s chosen are often the most right leaning conservative views, a pro establishment corporatocracy, amplified to 11. The shift is from the appearance and slow progress of equal power to one of deliberate concentrated wealth and power.
Other authorities and powers exist, but money (an invention to make one’s value fit in one’s pocket; it does not actually exist) is an obvious and convenient one to support if you are built, ideologically, with it.
I’m into humans, personally. Let’s take a look at what we are in for…
Vice President: Indiana Governor Mike Pence
“Mr. Pence, who has supported numerous legislative efforts to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana, was at the center of the national debate over so-called religious freedom laws that critics said could make it easier for businesses to refuse service to gay couples. As a congressman, Mr. Pence opposed federal funding that would support treatment for people suffering from H.I.V. and AIDS, unless the government simultaneously invested in programs to discourage people from engaging in same-sex relationships. He also resisted changes to hate-crime laws that would have included acts against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And he opposed the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell,” a Clinton administration policy that allowed closeted L.G.B.T. people to serve in the military.” curated by lemasney from How Mike Pence and Donald Trump Compare on the Issues – The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/16/us/politics/mike-pence-issues.html?_r=0
Chief of Staff: RNC Chairman Reince Priebus
“Todd asked Priebus about the platform’s position on same-sex marriage. He referenced one draft that says “the data, the facts lead to an inescapable conclusion that every child deserves a married mom and dad” — based on claims that children raised in a traditional household are healthier and less likely to engage in crime and substance abuse. “It’s implying somehow that children of same-sex couples are more likely to be addicts, to engage in crime,” Todd said. “Do you mean to have it imply that?” Priebus replied that it’s possible for children of same-sex parents and single parents to have successful lives, but the best scenario is for children to grow up in a traditional opposite-sex household.” curated by lemasney from GOP chair wrongly claims ‘facts’ show children do better with straight parents | PolitiFact at http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/jul/17/reince-priebus/gop-chair-wrongly-claims-facts-show-children-do-be/
Chief White House Strategist: Trump Campaign CEO Steve Bannon
“Bannon believes that progressivism is essentially nothing more than a philosophy of victimhood. “They’re either a victim of race. They’re victim of their sexual preference. They’re a victim of gender. All about victimhood and the United States is the great oppressor, not the great liberator.”” curated by lemasney from 5 Steve Bannon Quotes That Explain Why Trump’s Chief Strategist Pick Is Concerning at https://www.romper.com/p/5-steve-bannon-quotes-that-explain-why-trumps-chief-strategist-pick-is-concerning-22563
““That’s why there are some unintended consequences of the women’s liberation movement. That, in fact, the women that would lead this country would be pro-family, they would have husbands, they would love their children. They wouldn’t be a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools up in New England. That drives the left insane and that’s why they hate these women,” he said. The Seven Sisters schools are the historic women’s colleges of Barnard College, Bryn Mawr College, Mount Holyoke College, Radcliffe College, Smith College, Vassar College, and Wellesley College in the Northeast.” curated by lemasney from Trump Campaign CEO Once Blasted “Bunch Of Dykes” From The “Seven Sisters Schools” – BuzzFeed News at https://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/trump-campaign-ceo-once-blasted-bunch-of-dykes-from-the-seve?utm_term=.bl6JXqn7v#.cu88vRWLJ
Attorney General: Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions
“If he is confirmed, Mr. Sessions, who is considered one of the most conservative members of the Senate, will most likely push for wholesale changes and hard-line stances on immigration, terrorism, crime, drugs and guns. Democrats fear he could wipe away progress in civil rights, changes in sentencing and police accountability.” curated by lemasney from Jeff Sessions, as Attorney General, Could Overhaul Department He’s Skewered – The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/19/us/politics/jeff-sessions-donald-trump-attorney-general.html
Housing and Urban Development Secretary: Dr. Ben Carson
“”Dr. Carson feels he has no government experience, he’s never run a federal agency. The last thing he would want to do was take a position that could cripple the presidency.”” (Armstrong Williams on Ben Carson’s response to a position in the cabinet) curated by lemasney from Carson not interested in serving in Trump administration | TheHill at http://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/306045-carson-turned-down-offer-to-serve-in-trump-administration-report
On Obama’s efforts in fair housing:
“Known as “affirmatively furthering fair housing,” the rule has been politically contentious. Its backers argue that it is essential to remedying the long history of government and private-sector discrimination that has resulted in poor, segregated neighborhoods persisting to this day. Critics say that the rule amounts to government overreach into the decisions — and demographic makeup — of individual communities and a free housing market.Republicans in Congress have tried to defund its implementation. Mr. Carson wrote last year that the new policy followed the government’s history of failed “mandated social-engineering schemes,” and would redirect low-income housing primarily into wealthy, white communities that oppose it.” curated by lemasney from How Ben Carson at Housing Could Undo a Desegregation Effort – The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/upshot/how-ben-carson-at-housing-could-undo-a-desegregation-effort.html
Health and Human Services Secretary: Georgia Congressman Tom Price
“Mr. Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Atlanta’s affluent northern suburbs, was one of the first lawmakers to draft a full replacement for the Affordable Care Act. His proposal would take health care in a fundamentally different direction, away from mandated coverage and care and toward a free-market approach, with fewer consumer protections and more freedoms for doctors.” curated by lemasney from Tom Price, H.H.S. Nominee, Drafted Remake of Health Law – The New York Times at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/29/us/tom-price-trump-health-secretary.html
Transportation Secretary: Elaine Chao
“Chao, the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, holds the record of having the longest tenure as labor secretary since World War II, according to her website. She was the only member of Bush’s Cabinet to serve all eight years of his presidency. She made history as the first Asian-American woman to serve in a U.S. president’s Cabinet.” curated by lemasney from Elaine Chao: Everything You Need to Know about Trump’s Pick for Secretary of Transportation – ABC News at http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/elaine-chao-trumps-pick-secretary-transportation/story?id=43846421
Education Secretary: Betsy DeVos
“We strongly urge Congress to scrutinize the record of Betsy DeVos, who has been a staunch proponent of school vouchers, a misguided idea that diverts taxpayer dollars into private and parochial schools and perverts the bedrock American value of separation of church and state. She and her husband served as the primary fundraisers and engine for a Michigan ballot initiative –Kids First! Yes! Coalition that voters soundly rejected in 2000. She has ardently supported the unlimited, unregulated growth of charter schools in Michigan, elevating for-profit schools with no consideration of the severe harm done to traditional public schools. She’s done this despite overwhelming evidence that proves that charters do no better at educating children than traditional public schools and serve only to exacerbate funding problems for cash-strapped public districts. We believe that all children have a right to a quality public education, and we fear that Betsy DeVos’ relentless advocacy of charter schools and vouchers betrays these principles.” curated by lemasney from ACLU Raises Serious Concerns Over Nomination of DeVos for Secretary of Education | ACLU of Michigan at https://www.aclumich.org/article/aclu-raises-serious-concerns-over-nomination-devos-secretary-education
UN Secretary Nikki Haley
“(S)he hasn’t held a role in the federal government and doesn’t have much experience in foreign policy. According to The Post and Courier, the governor’s work abroad centers mostly on her negotiations with international companies looking to move into the Palmetto State. She’s also led seven trade missions overseas during her time as governor.” curated by lemasney from All You Need to Know About U.N. Pick Nikki Haley at http://www.newsweek.com/all-you-need-know-about-un-pick-nikki-haley-525955
Positions yet to be announced:
Defense Secretary, Treasury Secretary, Secretary of State, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary, Homeland Security Secretary, Interior Secretary, Agriculture Secretary, Commerce Secretary, Labor Secretary, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Office of Management and Budget Director, United States Trade Representative, Council of Economic Advisors Chairman, Small Business Administration Administrator.
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