One of the most arresting features of President Trump’s first month in office was the roster of men he tapped for high-ranking government positions. Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for secretary of state. Former Goldman Sachs CIO Steve Mnuchin for secretary of the treasury. Our labor secretary was almost former Carl’s Jr. CEO Andy Puzder. Altogether, the majority of Trump’s nominees were high-powered veterans of the corporate world.
Is it unheard of for the president to recommend a former executive from the private industry for a cabinet position? No. But is it unusual (if not outright ominous) for the president to cram his cabinet, as well as other government offices, with these guys? It’s not only unusual: it’s dangerous. It’s a knowing abandonment of checks and balances between the public and private sectors. You might as well hang a giant OPEN FOR BUSINESS banner on the White House, the State Department, or — as of last week — the Federal Communications Commission building.
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