Defending Trump and his cabinet picks.
All right, /r/Conservative, I'm getting tired of people harping on Trump's cabinet picks. "Oh, drain the swamp was a lie."; "He's not draining the swamp at all!"; "He's draining the swamp-straight into the White House!"
I've seen Sargon of Akkad make these statements too. I'm a big Trump supporter (not American, though), so I feel I have to defend him from Sargon and other Leftists who want to redefine what he meant.
Here is what Trump specifically meant by 'Drain the Swamp' (from his website):
Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act:
It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C.
That is why I am proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once again.
First: I am going to institute a 5-year ban on all executive branch officials lobbying the government after they leave government service.
Second: I am going to ask Congress to institute its own 5-year ban on lobbying by former members of Congress and their staffs.
Third: I am going to expand the definition of lobbyist so we close all the loopholes that former government officials use by labeling themselves consultants and advisors when we all know they are lobbyists.
Fourth: I am going to issue a lifetime ban against senior executive branch officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government.
Fifth: I am going to ask Congress to pass a campaign finance reform that prevents registered foreign lobbyists from raising money in American elections.
Trump is specifically referring to corrupt and establishment politicians here. He is not referring to CEO's. He is not referring to bankers. He's not referring to anti-establishment politicians.
His first proposal to impose Congressional term limits should be your first clue.
Trump forces his cabinet appointees to deregister as Lobbyists if they have been:
From the source: "At least three lobbyists have left President-elect Donald Trump's presidential transition operation after the team imposed a new ethics policy that would have required them to drop all their clients."
"Lobbyists who piled into the transition when it was being run by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie were caught off-guard Wednesday by a new ethics policy requiring them to terminate their clients."
I used to have another source for Trump forcing them to deregister on The Hill, but I can't seem to find it anymore.
Now, let's look at Trump's cabinet picks individually:
Rex Tillerson as Secretary of State-Tillerson is the CEO of ExxonMobile (an outsider) and has years of experience in foreign dealing. Therefore, he is greatly suited to the role of Secretary of State.
Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of Treasury-Mnuchin is a banker at Goldman Sachs. While the Goldman Sachs ties gives me pause, he has over seventeen years of banking experience at one of the world's largest banks and is in charge of the Treasury. Despite his background, he is clearly qualified for this role.
Mick Mulvaney as Budget Director-A little-known politician who's an extreme Fiscal Conservative. He is obviously therefore intent on reducing the national debt, and is therefore suited.
Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Agriculture-Honestly, this one is a bit of a weird pick. I would have thought he'd be picked for Surgeon General. But Carson came from a very poor family, so who knows, he might have some worthwhile experience.
General James Mattis as Secretary of Defence-Do I even need to defend this one? A five-star General in charge of Defence. That's self-explanatory. I don't see how anyone can have anything against this.
Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General-Jeff Sessions has a degree in Law and has years of experience in Law. He is also a strong Constitutionalist. Also staunchly Conservative, so I doubt he'll have reservations about prosecuting Clinton.
Andrew Puzder as Secretary of Labour-CEO of CKE (fast food) in charge of labour. Again, I don't think that's a bad choice but I don't know much about him, truthfully.
Rick Perry as Secretary of Energy-Rick Perry hates the EPA, as does Trump. I believe this to be an ironic pick considering that Trump plans to rescind funding to the EPA and climate change programmes in the United Nations.
John Kelly as Secretary of Homeland Security-Again, another five-star general in a Defence/Security position. I see no issue with this.
Betty DeVos as Secretary of Education-Don't know much about her, but is against Common Core, as is Trump.
While I'm at it, I want to defend Trump's proposals and his Presidency in general.
I remain a firm believer that most of what Trump wants done can get done in the first couple of months. Why? Here's why:
Tax cuts and regulation cuts will be easily passed by a Republican-controlled Congress.
Repealing ObamaCare will get done very quickly because Republicans will cream their pants at the chance to repeal it. They've been looking to repeal it since 2010. And since Republicans are the majority, I believe it will be passed.
The funding for Trump's Wall was actually already partially allocated…..ten years ago!
Anyone who tried to block the Clean Up Corruption in Washington Act (his plan to Drain the Swamp) would be looked on unfavourably and look corrupt, because the demands are very reasonable.
Trump's promise to repeal funding to U.N. climate change funding will also be welcomed with open arms by Republicans.
He has appointed Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, who is a staunch Conservative. All Trump has to do is ask him to appoint a special prosecutor, and I believe he will do it. The only thing he'll really have to fight for is his proposal to reinvest that money in infrastructure.
President Trump could actually be the first President to fulfil all of his promises since President James Polk.
Trump's reasoning for going for the Presidency
Trump has been saying the same stuff about trade and government debt since 1987. 1987 Trump interview with Larry King where he talks about disastrous trade deals with Japan and government debt:
1988 interview with Oprah Winfrey where Trump again talks about these trade deals and teases at running for President:
"I wouldn't rule it [The Presidency] out, because honestly Oprah I get tired of seeing the way this country is going."-Trump in the above interview.
As Sargon pointed out in his conversation the other day with Millennial Woes, Trump waited until the last possible moment in his life to do this.
Trump risked tons of his own money, lost friends, lost potential investors, got slandered by the media and now has half of the country hating him….and he did this just to get a public sector job which entitled salary he's not even taking….just to screw over the American people? No, I don't believe that.