Tag Archives: Cabinet of Deplorables

Verbatim

Betsy DeVos Could Get Jail Time

“I’m not sure if this is contempt or sanctions. I’m not sending anyone to jail yet but it’s good to know I have that ability.”

— U.S. Magistrate Judge Sallie Kim. “Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces potential sanctions or a finding she’s in contempt of court for continuing to collect on the debt of former students at bankrupt Corinthian Colleges Inc., going so far as seizing their tax refunds and wages,” Bloomberg reports.

Enumerati

Education Secretary’s Security Costs Taxpayers Over $26 Million

+$26 million

h2>The federal security detail assigned to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is expected to cost taxpayers more than $26 million during President Trump’s first term, CNN reports.

Poetic Justice

Neocon Crackpot Cashiered

Now he of the white bushy mustache is gone,
Before he could start a war with Korea or Iran.
Apparently Trump finally balked
At suggestions from the Bolton hawk,
But we won’t miss your mustache or neocon notions, John.

Enumerati

Leaked Vetting Documents Expose Cabinet Swamp Creatures

100

Nearly 100 internal Trump transition vetting documents leaked to Axios identify a host of “red flags” about officials who went on to get some of the most powerful jobs in the U.S. government.

Poetic Justice

The McMaster Blaster

Since the beginning Trump’s cabinet was a disaster,
Now he’s shedding secretaries faster and faster.
But don’t be a quitter,
Just keep checking Twitter,
To find out when you’re fired, H.R. McMaster.

Poetic Justice

Plumbing the Swamp

When he picked them we thought they were horrible,
And from Day One their trajectory was predictable.
Whether they’re pushed or they jump,
The time’s come for Trump
To cobble together a new Cabinet of Deplorables.

Enumerati

Trump’s Cabinet of Deplorables Truly Is Deplorable

40%

“President Trump came to Washington promising to ‘drain the swamp.’ But after less than 13 months, more than 40 percent of the people he originally picked for Cabinet-level jobs have faced ethical or other controversies. And the list has grown quickly in recent weeks,” the Washington Post reports.

News & Comment

Five Questions to Ask When Someone Leaves the Trump Administration

FiveThirtyEight has an interesting article about the questions we should ask when a high-level individual departs the Trump administration — whether they jump or are pushed.

The authors looked at Human resources literature in both the public and private sectors and interviewed experts to identify the five questions:

    • How long was this person in the job?
      “Turnover is unavoidable within the federal bureaucracy, and that’s not always a bad thing. In fact, political scientists agree that some changes in leadership are necessary for a functioning democracy. Frequent turnover, though, can create a number of problems, which is why it’s important to take a look at how long a departing leader has been in his or her position.”

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Verbatim

If Trump Fires Bannon …

“If Trump finally pushes Bannon out of the White House, the nationalist policy project will be all but dead. The new chief of staff, John Kelly, is far more moderate on immigration and has pushed Trump to abandon the idea of a physical border wall. Economic policy will be fully under the control of Cohn, and the heretical idea of raising taxes on the wealthy will have no champion. Trump himself has always been more animated by the xenophobia of Bannonism than by its populist economic views. A Trump White House without Bannon will be no more radical in its coddling of far-right groups—today Trump showed again that he needs no encouragement—but it will be more captured by the traditional small-government agenda of the G.O.P. Bannon hoped to destroy.”

Ryan Lizza

Poetic Justice

Circle of Jerks

They sat ’round the table like sycophantic clerks,
Listening to Trump exaggerate his body of work.
In turn, each one labored
To out-pander his neighbor,
In what can only be described as a Cabinet-level circle jerk.