The first Presidential Cabinet meeting of 2017 should look like this.
Being the political wonk that I am, I sometimes find myself thinking about how things would look in Washington, D.C., if the majority of the electorate thought the same way I did. Plus, have you ever considered how powerful it would be, if, within days after winning the nomination, the Republican candidate for President of the United States, went before the American people and said, “If you elect me, I plan to be up and running, governing, and protecting the Constitution of the United States of America on day-one. And here is the team of proud Americans that will help to make that happen.” I get goose bumps just thinking about that.
Sooooo, THIS is how things would look as of 12:01pm EST, on January 20, 2017, IF I had things my way!!
President: Gov. Scott Walker
Vice President: Sen. Tim Scott
Secretary of State: Ambassador John Bolton
Secretary of Treasury: Sen. Rand Paul
Secretary of Defense: Lt. Col. Allen West
Attorney General: Judge Andrew Napolitano
Secretary of Interior: Gov. Susana Martinez
Secretary of Agriculture: Gov. Terry Branstad
Secretary of Commerce: Sen. David Vitter
Secretary of Labor: Gov. Sam Brownback
Secretary of Health and Human Services: Dr. Ben Carson, MD
Secretary of Housing and Urban Development: U.S. Rep Barbara Comstock
Secretary of Transportation: Gov. Mary Fillin
Secretary of Energy: Gov. Sarah Palin
Secretary of Education: Sen. Rick Santorum
Secretary of Veterans Affairs: Sen. Rick Perry
Secretary of Homeland Security: General James Mattis, USMC (ret)
There are Presidential “Cabinet-level Officers”, who serve under the Executive Office of the President, and also are appointed, with the advice and consent of the U.S. Senate.
Director of Office of Management and Budget: Gov. Bobby Jindal
Administrator of the EPA: Gov. John Kasich
Trade Representative: Dick DeVos
U.N. Ambassador: Ambassador Alan Keyes
Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: Carly Fiorina
Administrator of the Small Business Administration: Herman Cain
Then there are White House Staff members, who in many cases are more important and influential than most (if not all) of the actual Cabinet members. You don’t need anything other than a nod from the President to fill these positions, but they are crucial when it comes to the operations of the Office of the President of the United States, and to the country as a whole.
White House Chief of Staff: Gov. Mitch Daniels
White House Communications Director: Ben Shapiro
White House Chief Speech Writer: Andrew Klavan
White House Press Secretary: Bill Whittle
Now obviously, these two positions are not Cabinet Positions, but if I had my way, this is what the Leadership of Congress would be.
Speaker of the House: U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy
Senate Majority Leader: Sen. Mike Lee
And if President Scott Walker were to take my advice, this is what would happen with the Supreme Court of the United States as soon as there is a vacancy.
1st Supreme Court Nominee: Sen. Ted Cruz
2nd Supreme Court Nominee: Judge Jeanine Pirro
Don’t get me wrong, if it were totally and completely up to me, I would tell several of these people that their job was to spend the next 4-8 years, figuring out, and implementing a plan to either dramatically downsize, or completely eliminate the very departments they will be heading. Many of these should not necessarily exist, at least at a Federal level, and if so, only at an advisory level. With the exception of positions like Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, Secretary of Treasury, and Attorney General, they definitely shouldn’t be crafting national policy. Things like Education, Commerce, and Labor should definitely be left at the State and Local level, and even then, they should at best, be “referees” to the activities of the Free Market.
So anyway, let me know what you think. If you like it, let me know. If you hate it…keep it to yourself (kidding…sorta).